Third Doses Of A COVID-19 Vaccine Are Available To Even More Ontarians & Here's How To Book

Bookings start on November 6!

Toronto Associate Editor
Third Doses Of A COVID-19 Vaccine Are Available To Even More Ontarians & Here's How To Book

Ontario just announced that even more people across the province will be able to get a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine starting this Saturday.

On November 3, Ontario's Ministry of Health revealed its rollout plan for COVID-19 booster doses, which will open eligibility to certain priority groups on November 6. This will include anyone 70 or older, health care workers and essential caregivers who work in congregate settings, and anyone who's received a complete series of AstraZeneca or Janssen vaccines. First Nations, Inuit and Métis adults and their non-Indigenous household members are also eligible.

Bookings open on Saturday, November 6 at 8:00 a.m., and these are the steps to follow if you qualify:

  • Call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre right at 8:00 a.m. or visit Ontario's COVID-19 vaccine portal
  • Use your local public health unit's booking system
  • Hit up a select pharmacy (which you can find via the pharmacy locator)
  • Hospital health care workers can contact their employer to get vaccinated directly through their hospital's vaccine program
  • Don't call your primary care provider to try and set up an appointment. Though public health units have also partnered up with some primary care practices to administer third doses to help with the community roll-out of vaccines, the government has advised against booking appointments through your primary care provider.

First Nations, Inuit and Métis adults, along with their non-Indigenous household members, can either go to a mass immunization clinic, pharmacy, pop-up vaccine clinic or other eligible clinic (including Indigenous-led clinics). Those living in First Nations communities can expect a follow-up effort soon.

Back in August, Ontario became the first province in the country to provide third COVID-19 vaccine doses to immunocompromised groups of people.

So far more than 11 million Ontarians have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, which means almost 85% of those eligible have received their second dose.

This article's cover image was used for illustrative purposes only.

Alex Arsenych
Toronto Associate Editor
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