Update on second dose intervals for those 70+ or who received a first dose before April 18

This article, from June 4, has details for those aged 70+ or who received a shot before April 18.

Hello Ward 8 Neighbours,

Effective June 7, 2021, adults ages 70+ and individuals who received their first dose of Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on or before April 18 and would like to move up their second doses to earlier than the 16-week interval are eligible to do so.

For more details, please continue reading below…

Hamilton’s COVID-19 vaccination program update on second dose intervals for ages 70+ and individuals who received a first dose on or before April 18

JUNE 4 2021

The full City of Hamilton release can be found here.

HAMILTON, ON – The Hamilton healthcare partners continue to make progress in vaccinating members of the community who fall into the Province’s COVID-19 Vaccination Framework. We are pleased to announce that to date, we have administered approximately 346,960 doses of COVD-19 vaccine – with upwards of 65.2% of Hamiltonians over the age of 18 and 21.7% of youth ages 12+ receiving a vaccine to date.

In alignment with Provincial direction, effective June 7, 2021, adults ages 70+ and individuals who received their first dose of Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on or before April 18 and would like to move up their second doses to earlier than the 16-week interval are eligible to do so.

Booking an appointment

Beginning June 7, 2021, appointments for a shortened second dose interval for these individuals can be booked through the Provincial online booking system found at www.hamilton.ca/VaccineBooking or by calling the Provincial call centre at 1-888-999-6488.

When rescheduling a vaccination appointment, individuals are encouraged to check their first dose vaccination receipt to ensure they are booking a second dose for the same vaccine type. 

Members of the public who have received a first dose at a Mobile Pop-up Clinic

Those members of the public who received their first dose of vaccine at a local mobile pop-up clinic and have their second dose appointment booked at a mobile pop-up vaccination clinic, have the option to either wait for their original appointment date/time/location or they can reschedule to attend a large-scale clinic through the online Provincial portal found at www.hamilton.ca/VaccineBooking. They can also call the Provincial call centre at 1-888-999-6488 to assist with booking or visit a local participating pharmacy.  At this time, the original mobile pop-up schedule cannot be adjusted to add clinics to accommodate this shortened dose interval

For those who do not have a Green Ontario photo health card, please call the Public Health Services COVID-19 Hotline at 905-974-9848, option 7 to book an appointment. Due to potential call volumes expected at the call centre, the City of Hamilton encourages everyone to self-register online if able to so, it’s the quickest process to get an appointment. The hotline is trying to focus on those without health cards and those without computer access.

Public Health Services recommends that everyone who is eligible for a vaccination receive the first vaccine that is available to them. We need to work together to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community, to reserve healthcare and hospital capacity and to protect vulnerable populations.

Quick Facts

  • All vaccination planning is based on and contingent on available COVID-19 vaccine supply.
  • Vaccine administration rates may differ based on local context.
  • Information regarding registration, booking, and frequently asked questions are available on the COVID-19 Vaccines section of the City’s website at www.hamilton.ca/COVIDvaccines.
  • It is vital that members of the public, even those who have been vaccinated, ensure that public health measures still be practiced until it is safe and said to be safe by the health professionals in all levels of government.  Public health measures include:  
    • stay home if you are feeling unwell
    • get tested for COVID-19 if you have symptoms or have been in close contact with a confirmed positive case of COVID-19
    • limit gatherings to only members of your immediate household
    • maintain a physical distance of at least 6 feet or 2 meters from others outside of your immediate household
    • wear a mask or face covering indoors and outdoors when not able to maintain physical distancing
    • wash hands frequently

Questions or Concerns?

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our office here.