The Waterloo region has announced that it will offer booster shots of the COVID-19 vaccine to people 50 and older on December 13.
It says that those who are over the required age will also have to wait until they have passed the 168-day anniversary of their second vaccination.
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“Members of the public should verify when they received their second dose by verifying the vaccine receipt or the enhanced vaccine certificate (with QR code) that they downloaded from the provincial website,” the region noted.
Those who qualify will be able to get their third dose at a pharmacy, family doctor, or regional vaccine clinic.
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Earlier in the day, the province announced that it was expanding eligibility to the younger age group due to concerns about the Omicron variant.
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Provincial officials also said eligibility will be expanded again in January for booster doses based on age and risk with an interval of six to eight months from the second dose.
Additionally, due to the increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19, people receiving dialysis (hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis) are eligible to receive a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine immediately, if 56 days have passed since their second dose.
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“If you are eligible for a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, please schedule your appointment as soon as possible for an extra layer of protection,” said Ontario Medical Director of Health Dr. Kieran Moore.
As for why the province is failing to meet the booster requirements for all Ontario residents age 18 and older based on a CDC recommendation, Moore said he doesn’t want to overwhelm capacity, especially with children ages five to 11 who now get vaccinated and get flu shots. right now too.
– with files from Gabby Rodrigues of Global News
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