More Halton Residents Eligible for second COVID-19 vaccine doses

By: Laura Steiner
The Region of Halton is allowing more individuals to book their second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.  Residents who received first doses on, or before May 30 are now allowed to book second dose appointments on a shorter interval.
“We are pleased to be able to offer earlier second dose appointments to more residents, based on our vaccine supply,” Halton Region Chair Gary Carr said.  75%  of residents over the age of 12 have been given their first doses, while 13% have had their second.
Those booking their second dose appointments now have the option to choose their vaccine type.  “All Health Canada approved vaccines are safe and effective and it is important to take the first vaccine available to you to gain protection from COVID-19 and variants of concern as soon as possible,” Halton Region Medical Officer of Health Dr. Hamidah Meghani said.  The vaccines can now be interchanged.  Those who have received AstraZeneca will remain on an 8 week interval according to provincial guidelines.
Appointments are available at one of 8 mass vaccination sites throughout the region, including one at the FirstOntario Centre for the Arts.  Book appointments through the Region’s online booking system.
The Province of Ontario records 16 new cases of COVID-19 in Halton Region.  No municipal breakdown is available, the Region has stopped reporting through its dashboard on weekends.  The province has entered phase one of its reopening plan, which lasts until July 3, 2021.