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Bivalent COVID-19 Booster Dose Now Available to Vulnerable Populations

Bivalent COVID-19 booster doses are now available to local residents.

That’s according to the  Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit ( Health Unit), which says the Ontario government is offering the bivalent COVID-19 booster dose to all Ontarians aged 18 and over, beginning with the most vulnerable populations.

The Health Unit says starting on Monday, bivalent COVID-19 booster appointments will be available to and can be booked for the most vulnerable populations, including:

  • Residents of long-term care homes, retirement homes, Elder Care Lodges and individuals living in other congregate settings that provide assisted-living and health services.

  • First Nation, Inuit and Métis individuals and their non-Indigenous household members aged 18 and over.

  • Moderately to severely immunocompromised individuals aged 12 and over.

  • Pregnant individuals aged 18 and over.

  • Health care workers aged 18 and over.

  • Individuals aged 70 and over.

“I would like to encourage all residents aged 18 and over to receive the bivalent booster dose as recommended by the Ministry of Health,” said Dr. Natalie Bocking, Medical Officer of Health for the HKPR District Health Unit. “We know that vaccine protection decreases over time, and now is the time to better protect yourself for the upcoming fall season with the bivalent booster.”

Appointments can be booked through the provincial COVID-19 vaccination portal or by calling the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre (PVCC) at 1-833-943-3900. Individuals that meet the criteria listed above will be able to receive the bivalent booster dose in clinics as of this week. All other individuals may book an appointment at clinics starting the week of September 26.

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