Ontario Accelerating Booster Eligibility to Adults Aged 50+

Published on December 02, 2021

The government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, is accelerating COVID-19 vaccine booster dose eligibility to Ontarians aged 50 and over and additional high-risk individuals, providing an extra layer of protection against COVID-19 and its variants.

Starting on Monday, December 13, 2021 at 8:00 a.m., individuals aged 50 and over will be eligible to schedule their booster dose appointment. Appointments will be booked for approximately six months (168 days) after a second dose.

Beginning in January, Ontario will further expand eligibility for booster doses based on age and risk, with an interval of six to eight months from the second dose.

In addition, due to a higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19, effective immediately individuals receiving dialysis (hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis) are eligible to receive a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine if it has been 56 days since their second dose. Also effective immediately, the province is recommending re-vaccination with a new COVID-19 vaccine primary series post-transplantation for individuals who receive hematopoietic stem cell transplants (HSCT), hematopoietic cell transplants (HCT) (autologous or allogeneic), and recipients of CAR-T-cell therapy, due to the loss of immunity following therapy or transplant.

As part of the province’s efforts to vaccinate as many eligible individuals as possible, a limited supply of the single dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine will also be available starting today to individuals aged 18 and over who have an allergy or contraindication to mRNA vaccines or at the request of such individuals who has not yet been vaccinated by contacting their public health unit.

We encourage all Ontarians who are eligible for a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to book their appointment as soon as they can to provide an extra layer of protection.

Accelerating booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine is one more way the province continues to respond to the recently identified Omicron variant. While the best defence against the Omicron variant remains containing it at the border, Ontario has the infrastructure in place to rapidly identify, trace and isolate COVID-19 and its variants.

Ontario is also taking several other measures in the fight against COVID-19 and its variants, including further expanding free PCR testing, releasing enhanced guidance on case, contact and outbreak management and building unprecedented hospital capacity across the province.

Regardless of what we learn about the Omicron variant, Ontario is prepared to quickly respond to any scenario to protect the health and safety of Ontarians.

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

Learn more: https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/1001269/ontario-accelerating-booster-eligibility-to-adults-aged-50