Booster dose eligibility

As per NACI’s interim guidance on booster COVID-19 vaccine doses in Canada and the Ministry of Health COVID-19 Vaccine Third Dose Recommendations Guidance, WDG Public Health will be offering booster doses to eligible populations as per below. Due to the positive uptake of booster doses in our community, online booking for our COVID-19 Clinics is at capacity and temporarily unavailable.  

Booster Doses for Specific Populations

The intent of a booster dose is to increase protection that may have decreased over time. Individuals with two valid doses will still be considered fully vaccinated. Booster doses are highly recommended as they can help protect the most vulnerable members of our region and our essential healthcare workers. At this time, a booster dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine will be offered to the following groups:

Residents of high risk congregate settings
Eligible population Interval How to get your booster dose
Residents of long-term care homes, retirement homes, elder care lodges and older adults living in other congregate settings (e.g. assisted-living facilities, chronic care hospitals Minimum of five months following the second dose Booster doses will be offered to these individuals in their residence (either within the home or through a mobile clinic). You will be contacted directly.
Adults age 70 (born in 1951) and older
Eligible Population Interval How to get your booster dose
All Ontarians aged 70 and older (including those born in 1951 who will turn 70 in 2021) Minimum of six months (168 days) following the second dose.

We are currently calling residents to book an appointment as they become eligible.

 

Alternatively, you may contact a participating pharmacy or primary care provider.  

 

Health care workers
Eligible Population Interval How to get your booster dose

Health care workers (including any regulated health professional and any staff member, contract worker, student/trainee, registered volunteer, or other designated essential caregiver currently working in-person in a health care organization, including workers that are not providing direct patient care and are frequently in the patient environment (i.e. cleaning staff, research staff, other administrative staff).

 

Workers providing healthcare service or direct patient services in a congregate, residential or community setting outside of a health care organization.

 

See Vaccine Third Dose Recommendations - Appendix B for a full list of eligible healthcare workers.

Minimum of six months (168 days) following the second dose.

Booster doses will be arranged through your employer. You will be contacted directly.

 

Alternatively, you may contact a participating pharmacy or primary care provider.  

First Nations, Inuit and Métis adults
Eligible Population Interval How to get your booster dose
First Nations, Inuit and Métis adults, including non-Indigenous household members (age 12+) Minimum of six months (168 days) following the second dose

We are currently calling residents to book an appointment as they become eligible.

 

Alternatively, you may contact a participating pharmacy or primary care provider.  

 

Recipients of a viral vector vaccine or series completed with only viral vector vaccines (AstraZeneca Vaxzevria/COVISHIELD vaccine or one dose of the Janssen vaccine)

Eligible Population Interval How to get your booster dose
Individuals who received two doses of AstraZeneca/COVIDSHIELD COVID-19 vaccine Minimum of six months (168 days) following the second dose

We are currently calling residents to book an appointment as they become eligible.

 

Alternatively, you may contact a participating pharmacy or primary care provider.  

Individuals who received one dose of Janssen/Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine Minimum of six months (168 days) following the first dose

We are currently calling residents to book an appointment as they become eligible..

 

Alternatively, you may contact a participating pharmacy or primary care provider.  

Please note, people who received a mixed-dose series (i.e. one dose of AstraZeneca/COVIDSHIELD and one does of an mRNA vaccine), are not eligible for a booster dose at this time.

3-Dose Series for Moderately to Severely Immunocompromised

Immunocompromised populations eligible for a three-dose series

Certain populations are at increased risk of severe outcomes from COVID-19 and have been shown to have a less robust immune response to the two-dose series due to their underlying condition(s). These populations may benefit from having a three-dose series.

Immunocompromised Eligible Populations

Third Dose Interval

How got get your third dose

  • Receiving active treatment (e.g., chemotherapy, targeted therapies, immunotherapy) for solid tumour or hematologic malignancies (Active treatment includes patients who have completed treatment within 3 months)
  • Solid-organ transplant recipient and taking immunosuppressive therapy
  • Recipient of chimeric antigen receptor (CAR)-T-cell therapy or hematopoietic stem cell transplant (within 2 years of transplantation or taking immunosuppression therapy)
  • Moderate to severe primary immunodeficiency (e.g., DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
  • Stage 3 or advanced untreated HIV infection and/or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome
  • Receiving active treatment with the following categories of immunosuppressive therapies: anti-B cell therapies (monoclonal antibodies targeting CD19, CD20 and CD22), high-dose systemic corticosteroids (refer to the CIG for suggested definition of high dose steroids), alkylating agents, antimetabolites, or tumor-necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors and other biologic agents that are significantly immunosuppressive (Active treatment for patients receiving B-cell depleting therapy includes patients who have completed treatment within 12 months)

Minimum of two months (56 days) following the second dose

Contact your doctor for more information and a referral. Please bring your referral (or a prescription as per Ministry guidance- page 6) to your third dose appointment at Public Health or your pharmacy.

 

Please call us at 1-800-265-7293 ext. 7006 to book an appointment or for assistance.