Ottawa Public Health is increasing the capacity of its COVID-19 vaccination clinics to accommodate a new crop of residents eligible for a third dose of the vaccine.
Following Ontario’s announcement earlier this week to extend the eligibility criteria for a COVID-19 booster shot, the local health unit said Thursday that its four local clinics will operate seven days a week to handle the new demand.
The affected clinics are at JH Putnam Public School, Eva James Memorial Center, Orléans Ruddy Family YMCA-YWCA and the University of Ottawa’s Minto Sports Complex.
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From Saturday at 8 in the morning, booster dose agreements will be available to any person who meets the following criteria:
- Persons aged 70 years and over (born in 1951 or earlier);
- Health professionals;
- Designated essential caregivers in parish settings, long-term care homes or nursing homes
- Individuals who received a complete series of a viral vector vaccine (two doses of AstraZeneca or one dose of Johnson & Johnson); and
- First Nation, Inuit and Métis residents aged 16 and over, as well as their non-native household members.
Recipients of booster shots must also be removed six months from their last shot to qualify.
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Appointments can be booked through the online provincial portal or by calling 1-833-943-3900. Walk-in availability is limited, says OPH.
Some local pharmacies may also provide the shot, and Ottawa Hospital is starting up its vaccination clinic for healthcare professionals and their families in the coming days.
Getting a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine will not interfere with getting the annual flu shot – OPH says there is no need to remove the two immunizations.
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