Eligible Ontario residents can start booking COVID boosters on Saturday

Individuals who received two shots of AstraZeneca among those who can sign up

The province’s COVID-19 vaccination portal will go live at 8 a.m. Saturday so eligible Ontario residents can start booking their booster shots.

Based on the recommendation of the Chief Medical Officer of Health and in alignment with the National Advisory Committee on Immunization’s (NACI) recent recommendation, the province will begin offering booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to the following vulnerable populations if at least six months have passed since their last dose:

  • Individuals aged 70 and over (born in 1951 or earlier);
  • Health care workers and designated essential caregivers in congregate settings (including long-term care home and retirement home staff and designated caregivers);
  • Individuals who received a complete series of a viral vector vaccine (two doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine or one dose of the Janssen vaccine); and
  • First Nation, Inuit and Métis adults and their non-Indigenous household members.

Shots will be available at the Sperling Drive clinic in Barrie beginning on Sunday.

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit said on Wednesday that community clinics in the region will begin administering third jabs on November 15.

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Simcoe Muskoka Medical Officer of Health Dr. Charles Gardner /FILE PHOTO/BARRIE 360

Medical Officer of Health Dr. Charles Gardner said there will be at least one community immunization clinic for each of the six sub-regions in Simcoe Muskoka. The health unit is working with municipalities and stakeholders to select locations, keeping in mind that arenas are no longer available.

Gardner said some primary care providers and pharmacies participating in vaccinations have already begun to administer boosters.

Residents can book through select pharmacies.

Provincial health officials said people can choose to have either a Moderna or Pfizer booster shot, regardless of what vaccine they received for first or second jabs.