Halton hits 80 per cent first-dose coverage, but Pfizer supply will ‘vary considerably’ in July

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Published July 12, 2021 at 11:38 pm

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Halton Public Health is changing on the fly with its vaccine rollout — perhaps due to its success.

As Oakville Mayor Rob Burton noted on Monday, more than 80 per cent of Halton’s eligible population has received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Fifty-one per cent of Halton residents aged 12 and over have completed their vaccine series. 

The region has been informed that its weekly supply of the Pfizer-Biotech vaccine will “vary considerably through the rest of July.” As a result, for this week the Pfizer vaccine will be reserved for those 12-17 years of age, as it is the only approved vaccine for that age group. Anyone 18 and over who had booked a Pfizer vaccine appointment for this week will be offered Moderna, or the chance to reschedule.

The situation is expected to last for this week only.

Halton’s seven-day average is 5.5 COVID-19 cases per day. That is less than half of neighbouring Hamilton’s average of 12.

In the meantime, the Ontario Ministry of Health is hosting three outdoor pop-up vaccination clinics over the next two weeks in Oakville and Milton. All three clinics run from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and will be open to anyone 12 and older as of the date of the appointment.

The dates and locations are:

  • Wed., July 14 and Thurs., July 15 at St. Thomas Aquinas Secondary School (124 Dorval Dr., Oakville)
  • Sat., July 17 and Sun., July 18 at Craig Kielburger Secondary School (1151 Ferguson Dr., in Milton)
  • Sat., July 24 and Sun., July 25 at Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School (2420 Sixth Line, Oakville)

Appointments can be booked halton.ca/COVIDvaccines. Some walk-in appointments may be available and the last walk-in appointment will be 6 p.m.

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