Posted on January 4, 2022 at 6:44 p.m.
Starting Wednesday, anyone in Hamilton who is 50 years old and qualifies for a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine can come to the Center on Barton clinic to receive one.
The city of Hamilton said it was adding walk-in appointments starting Jan. 5 “in an effort to increase the administration of booster doses.” The Center at Barton clinic is located at 1211 Barton Street East, between The Brick and Giant Tiger. It is open from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
For now, all other people eligible for a third or booster dose, children aged 5 to 11, and those who are 50 or older but prefer to go to another vaccination clinic, should make an appointment. you for their vaccination. . The locations available, hours of operation and how to reserve are detailed at hamilton.ca/GetYourVaccine.
Most people should wait at least three months after their second dose to receive a third / booster dose. Hamilton Public Health recommends that everyone eligible for a vaccination receive the first vaccine available to them
Hamiton’s partners and health organizations across the community have planned a significant expansion of local COVID-19 vaccine capacity. Getting fully immunized and receiving a third dose of the vaccine offers strong protection against COVID-19 and the highly transmissible Omicron variant.
“Doctors, nurses, pharmacists and non-clinical staff are highlighting the best of our community and stepping up efforts to expand Hamilton’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign against what is an extremely strained healthcare system and shortage health care. resources, ”a statement from the city said.
Last month, Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr Elizabeth Richardson said the city would increase to 8,000 vaccinations per day through the end of January. But she warned there would be challenges as healthcare workers are forced to self-isolate due to contracting COVID-19 or being in close contact.
Monday, the first working day of the new year, 7,561 jabs were distributed in the city.
In the meantime, Hamilton will reserve the Pfizer BioNTech mRNA COVID-19 vaccine for people under the age of 30 for the first, second and third doses until further notice. People over 30 will be offered the Moderna COVID-19 mRNA vaccine.
Nearly 1.06 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in Hamilton over the past year. This equates to 84.7% of eligible Hamiltonians receiving a vaccine with 79.6% fully vaccinated.
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