WATERLOO REGION – The newly eligible group of people 50 and over can receive their third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine starting Monday in Waterloo region.
The province announced Thursday that starting December 13, this age group will be able to receive a booster six months (168 days) after their second injection to increase their protection against the virus.
Residents can get their third dose at a participating pharmacy, at many physician offices for their patients, or at a regional immunization clinic.
People with certain health conditions are also immediately eligible for their booster dose:
- People on dialysis (hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis) may receive a third dose if 56 days have passed since their second
- It is recommended that people receiving hematopoietic stem cell transplants, hematopoietic cell transplants (autologous or allogeneic), and recipients of CAR-T cell therapy due to loss of immunity after therapy or transplant, be revaccinated. with a new post of primary COVID-19 transplant series.
Local residents can find out which pharmacies and family doctors administer the vaccine on the region’s website. They can also make an appointment at a regional immunization clinic at regionofwaterloo.ca/VaccineBook.
In addition to administering the third doses to eligible residents, regional clinics prioritize the first and second doses for children aged five to 11.
Home vaccination is an option for people who are having difficulty getting vaccinated in the community by filling out the request form on the region’s website.