Hamilton vaccine clinic adding walk-in 3rd doses for older adults

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Published January 4, 2022 at 6:44 pm

Beginning Wednesday, everyone in Hamilton aged 50 and who who qualifies for a third dose of COVID-19 vaccine can walk into the Centre on Barton clinic to receive one.

The City of Hamilton said it is adding walk-ins starting on Jan.5 “in an effort to increase booster dose administration.” The Centre at Barton clinic is located at 1211 Barton St. E., between the Brick and Giant Tiger. It is open from 8 a.m. till 8:30 p.m.

For now, all other individuals who are eligible for a third or booster dose, children ages five to 11 years of age, and those who are 50 or older but prefer to attend another vaccine clinic location, are required to book an appointment for their vaccination. Available locations, hours of operation and how to book are detailed at hamilton.ca/GetYourVaccine.

Most individuals must wait at least three months after their second dose to receive a third/booster dose. Hamilton Public Health Services recommends that everyone who is eligible for a vaccination receive the first vaccine that is available to them

Hamiton health partners and organizations from across the community have been planning a significant expansion of local COVID-19 vaccine capacity. Getting fully vaccinated and receiving a third dose of vaccine provides the strong protection against COVID-19 and the highly-transmissible Omicron variant.

“Physicians, nurses, pharmacists and non-clinical staff alike are bringing the best of our community to light and stepping up in these efforts to expand Hamilton’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign against what is an extremely strained healthcare system and a shortage of health care human resources,” a city release said.

Last month, chief medical officer of health Dr. Elizabeth Richardson said the city would scale up to giving 8,000 vaccinations per day through to the end of January. But she warned there would be challenges as health-care workers are forced to isolate due to contracting COVID-19 or being a close contact.

On Monday, the first business day of the new year, 7,561 jabs were given out in the city.

Meantime, Hamilton will reserve the Pfizer BioNTech mRNA COVID-19 vaccine for those individuals under the age of 30 for first, second and third doses until further notice. Individuals over age 30 will be offered the Moderna mRNA COVID-19 vaccine.

Nearly 1.06 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in Hamilton over the last year. That works out to 84.7 per cent of eligible Hamiltonians receiving a vaccine with 79.6 per cent fully vaccinated.

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