Burlington mayor says youth vaccine eligibility in Halton ‘depends on supply’


Published May 27, 2021 at 4:28 pm

Halton residents looking to book a vaccine appointment for a youth in the region may be able to do so at the end of May, according to Burlington Mayor Marianne Meed Ward.

In an interview with inhalton.com‘s Khaled Iwamura, Meed Ward addressed concerns over youth vaccine eligibility in Halton and why it’s rolling out slower than other parts of the province.

According to Meed Ward, the reasoning for this has been the lack of vaccine supply in Halton.

“Everything depends on supply from the province and the federal government,” said Meed Ward, adding that there has been an “incredible response” from Burlington residents who are eager to get vaccinated.

According to Meed Ward, appointments for existing eligibility are all booked for the next few weeks in Halton.

“Typically, our public health department doesn’t book further than two weeks out to make sure that the supply is there,” she said.

Meed Ward confirmed that they are planning to open bookings for additional age groups on May 31.

“That’s when they will clear out all the pre-existing people who have been in the queue for other reasons,” she said, adding that they will have a better sense of the vaccines they’ve received, which will, in turn, allow the booking of appointments for the next age group.

According to Meed Ward, 61 per cent of Halton residents are now vaccinated with at least their first dose.

For more information about the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in Halton, click here.


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