Halton Begins Vaccinating Residents over 75, Indigenous over 55

By: Laura Steiner
Halton continues to rollout its COVID-19 vaccination plan.  Beginning March 19, residents 75 years of age and older, as well as Indigenous adults over 55 years of age will be able too book appointments.
“This is another important step in our plan to get our most vulnerable  Halton residents vaccinated as quickly as possible as supplies are available,” Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr said.  The federal government is responsible for approving, and distributing the vaccines to the provinces, which in turn distribute to the Public Health Units (PHU’s).
The additional groups are in line with the province’s vaccination plans. “As our vaccination program ramps up, I want to remind residents that the COVID-19 virus and the transmission of the variants is still very concerning,” Halton Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) Dr. Hamidah Meghani said. As of March 16, the Region detected 261 total variant cases, with 240 screened as positive.   Milton has 72 cases of variants of concern, with 61 screened as positive.
“Please continue to stay home as much as possible, limit close contact to people you live with, and go out for essentials only.  These everyday decisions are critical over the next few weeks and months to prevent the severity of a third wave and will help get us back to normal sooner,” Meghani added.
Clinics have now opened in all Halton municipalities.  To book an appoint visit the Region’s online booking system.  There are no walk-in appointments.