Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health announced on Wednesday eligible groups in the region can start booking their fourth dose of the COVID-19 vaccine immediately through the online portal.
This group includes those aged 60 years, First Nation, Inuit and Métis individuals and their non-Indigenous household members aged 18 and over.
These groups are eligible to receive an additional booster dose at least 84 days following their last dose.
Three months is the minimum recommended time to wait to get the second booster while waiting five months is the recommended time frame.
Across the province, the fourth dose rollout will begin on Thursday.
Fourth doses are already available to long-term care and retirement home residents, as well as those who are immunocompromised.
“I am pleased our provincial vaccination program continues to follow the emerging evidence on vaccines,” said Dr. Nicola Mercer, medical officer of health and CEO of WDG Public Health in a media release. “We know that immune response begins to wane over time. Making additional doses available will help us continue to protect the most vulnerable residents of our region.”
WDG Public Health has increased capacity at local clinics over the next several weeks to accommodate these newly eligible residents. Visit wdgpublichealth.ca/appointments or call 1-800-265-7293 ext. 7006.