The Waterloo region says it is boosting its COVID-19 vaccination efforts once again as the Omicron variant begins to surge across the province.

Currently, people age 50 and older, as well as people working in the healthcare field, are eligible for a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine if 168 days have passed since they received their second injection.

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Starting January 4, the third dose of vaccines will be available to everyone 18 years of age and older.

It says it is increasing capacity at its largest clinic, Cambridge Pinebush, in an effort to accommodate those who need a third booster dose and others, including children ages 5 to 11 who need their first injection.

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The clinic in Wellesley will also be open for more days as the region seeks to vaccinate residents of rural communities.

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Travel restrictions and omicrons

Travel restrictions and omicrons

The Hockey Hub Clinic will also return to Bingemans on December 22-23 with more dates to follow.

The region says this model has been “an efficient and convenient way to increase the Waterloo region’s ability to get more weapons doses quickly.”

This clinic will only open for those who are 50 years or older and who wish to receive a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

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The region says it will also bring back mobile vaccination clinics with plans to stop at local community centers in the near future.

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It is also working with local pharmacies and primary care providers to increase the number of appointments for the first, second and third doses.

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