All Ontarians 18+ Eligible for COVID-19 Booster Appointments at Three-Month Interval

Published on December 16, 2021

To protect Ontario’s progress in the fight against COVID-19 and safeguard the province’s hospitals and intensive care units (ICUs) in the face of the rapidly-spreading Omicron variant, the government is rapidly accelerating its booster dose rollout by expanding eligibility to all individuals aged 18 and over, as well as shortening the interval to three months following an individual’s second dose.

 

As we combat the spread of the highly contagious Omicron variant, nothing matters more than getting these booster doses into people’s arms. We need all hands on deck to help limit transmission and protect our hospital capacity.

 

To quickly scale up capacity to administer up to previous peak vaccination capacity, the province has asked public health units, hospitals, pharmacists, primary care providers and other health care providers to ramp up additional vaccinations sites and prioritize the administration of first, second and booster doses across the province.

 

To further strengthen its response to Omicron, effective December 18, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. Ontario intends to introduce a 50% capacity limit in high-risk indoor settings with a usual capacity of 1,000 or more to reduce opportunities for close contact in high-risk indoor settings with large crowds and when face coverings are not always worn.

 

As part of the government’s enhanced testing strategy, starting today up to two million rapid tests will be provided free of charge at pop-up testing sites in high-traffic settings such as malls, retail settings, holiday markets, public libraries and transit hubs, including select LCBO’s.

 

Thanks to the efforts of Ontarians, we’ve come so far in the fight against COVID-19.We need every member of Team Ontario to stand tall and do their part as we work to protect our hard-fought progress and keep Ontarians safe.

 

Vaccines remain our best defense against the virus. A third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine offers additional protection against the Omicron variant, and we urge everyone to get their booster dose as soon as you can. If you haven’t received your first or second dose of the vaccine, now is the time.

 

Vaccine appointments can be booked online at York Public Health COVID-19 Vaccination Site or by calling 1-877-464-9675.

 

Web Resources:

 

Booster Doses of COVID-19 Vaccines

 

Download Your Enhanced Vaccine Certificate: https://covid19.ontariohealth.ca/

 

Holiday testing: https://www.ontario.ca/page/pop-up-holiday-schedule-rapid-antigen-tests

 

Medical exemptions: Temporary link (https://news.ontario.ca/en/backgrounder/1001329/responding-to-omicron-and-protecting-our-progress)