No vaccines to 12 plus until May 31 in Burlington, Oakville and Milton
Halton’s younger residents will need to wait a little while longer to get their COVID-19 vaccine.
Despite the province’s announcement that 12-17 year olds would be able to schedule a vaccine appointment through the provincial booking system or through select pharmacies beginning May 23, Halton Region says appointments won’t be open until Monday, May 31.
That also means Halton residents can’t yet book appointments through the provincial system to get vaccinated at a Halton clinic.
“We understand that Halton youth are eager to be vaccinated. At this time, we continue to plan to open appointments through our online booking system by May 31. This is aligned with the Province's original direction and our expected vaccine supply,” said public health.
“Our team continues to work with local school boards to roll out the best possible program for youth and we are committed to following Provincial direction to offer first doses to all 12 to 17 year olds in June, and second doses by the end of August.”
Public health says Halton’s vaccination program and ability to open appointments to more eligible groups remains dependent on vaccine supply.
“We have the capacity in our clinics to vaccinate more people every day if vaccine supply was available.”
Residents 16 and 17 years old who have already booked their first dose appointment as part of an existing eligible group may need to have their second dose appointment rescheduled to a date before the end of August.
The Region says it will continue to communicate new appointments to these individuals directly.
Additionally, residents who are 18 years old and retuning to high school in September 2021 are encouraged to get vaccinated through the youth vaccination program in order to receive their second dose by the end of August.
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