All adults in Oakville, Burlington, Milton now eligible for new COVID-19 booster shot


Published September 20, 2022 at 12:16 pm

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine for children aged five to 11 last Friday, citing data that shows the shot is 90 per cent effective in preventing COVID-19 in children and there have been no serious side effects. Health Canada received Pfizer-BioNTech's submission for approval and associated data slightly later than the FDA, and Canadian officials are still reviewing it. (Credit: Pfizer-BioNTech)

Residents of Burlington, Milton, Oakville and Halton Hills aged 18 and over can now book a bivalent COVID-19 booster shot with Halton Region Public Health.

Appointments can now be booked for Sept. 27 onward for the bivalent COVID-19 booster dose that targets the original COVID-19 virus and the Omicron (BA.1) variant. This is the first COVID-19 vaccine to target a specific strain of the virus.

It is recommended residents receive the booster at least three months, and preferably six months, after a previous dose or COVID-19 infection.

“I encourage all residents to get boosted this fall to gain an extra layer of protection against COVID-19,” said Dr. Hamidah Meghani, Halton Region’s Medical Officer of Health.

“In addition to staying up to date on all vaccines available, please stay home when you are sick with any illness that can be passed on to others. Residents are also encouraged to wear masks indoors and in crowded settings. Thank you for continuing to take steps to protect each other, especially those most at risk of complications from respiratory viruses.”

Halton Region is also reminding families that all children 5 to 11 years of age are recommended to receive a booster dose and children under 5 years of age who received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine in the summer will soon be due for their second dose, eight weeks after their first dose.

All bivalent COVID-19 booster doses at Halton Region Community Clinics will be offered by appointment only.

To learn more about Halton Region’s COVID-19 Vaccine Program, including the bivalent COVID-19 booster and how to book an appointment, please visit here.

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