Ontario to Begin Scheduling Fourth COVID Vaccine Appointment for Immunocompromised Persons | The Canadian News

Immunocompromised Ontarians will be able to make an appointment to receive a fourth dose of a COVID-19 vaccine beginning Friday.

That’s according to Ontario’s top physician, Kieran Moore, who made the announcement during a news conference Thursday.

According to Moore, beginning January 14 at 8 am, the provincial vaccine contact center will begin scheduling appointments for the fourth dose for people who are immunocompromised.

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“Given the rapid rate of transmission and the strain on our health care system, we have been busy providing fourth doses in long-term care homes, retirement homes and nursing homes, and other congregate settings to better protect our citizens. most vulnerable”. Moore said.

Moore said the province “is now further protecting vulnerable populations in Ontario.”

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He said severe to moderate immunocompromised people have already been asked to receive their third COVID-19 vaccine to complete their primary series.

“But now we’re making sure that those who are immunocompromised can also get their fourth dose,” Moore said.

Moore said anyone who’s had a transplant or is taking immunosuppressive drugs will be able to reserve their fourth dose 84 days after the third.

The province has drawn up a Long list of immunosuppressive drugs.

Moore said the full list is “pretty extensive” and includes drugs for common serious conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, colitis, Chron’s disease and other autoimmune disorders.

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According to Moore, 29 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in the province to date.

More than 5 million of those have been booster doses, Moore said.

The news comes as the province reported Thursday that 3,630 people were in hospitals across Ontario with COVID-19.

Of those people, 500 were receiving care in an intensive care unit.

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