COVID-19: Hamiltonians 80+ can start booking/rescheduling second shots today

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Published May 31, 2021 at 7:37 am

Starting Monday (May 31), Hamiltonians who are 80 years of age and older can book their second dose for the COVID-19 vaccine.

“In alignment with Provincial direction, effective May 31, 2021, adults ages 80+ and who have received a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and would like to move up their second doses to earlier than the 16-week interval are eligible to do so,” a City of Hamilton press release said.

“As well, during the week of June 14, 2021, adults ages 70+ will become eligible to move up their second doses to earlier than the 16-week interval should they wish to do so.”

Appointments for a shortened second dose interval for those adults ages 80+ can be booked through the Provincial online booking system or by calling the Provincial call centre at 1-888-999-6488.

“When rescheduling a vaccination appointment, individuals are encouraged to check their first dose vaccination receipt to ensure they are booking a second dose for the same vaccine type,” the release said.

“Mixing vaccine types is not permitted.”

People who received their first dose of vaccine at a local mobile pop-up clinic and have their second dose appointment booked at a mobile pop-up vaccination clinic, have the option to either wait for their original appointment date/time/location or they can reschedule to attend a large-scale clinic through the online Provincial portal.

They can also call the Provincial call centre at 1-888-999-6488 to assist with booking or visit a local participating pharmacy. At this time, the original mobile pop-up schedule cannot be adjusted to add clinics to accommodate this shortened dose interval

For those who do not have a Green Ontario photo health card, please call the Public Health Services COVID-19 Hotline at 905-974-9848, option 7 to book an appointment.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford said Friday (May 28) when announcing the updated interval between doses, that they are able to speed up the delivery because of the anticipated arrival of a consistent supply of the vaccine from Pfizer and Moderna.

This week, Canada is scheduled to receive 2.9 million COVID-19 vaccine doses this week thanks in large part to an increase in planned deliveries from Pfizer and BioNTech.

To date, 304,891 doses of COVD-19 vaccine have been administered locally, with upwards of 59.7 per cent of Hamiltonians over the age of 18 and 6.4 per cent of youth ages 12+ receiving a vaccine to date.

— with a file from The Canadian Press

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