Provincial Update Re: Bivalent COVID-19 Booster Dose:
- Please click the provincial news release link (or see the information below), which outlines eligibility and interval from last dose.
Relevant Guidance Document:
- COVID-19 Vaccine Consent and Notice Form (Updated September 8, 2022)
Important updates for facilities that order vaccine via Algoma Public Health:
- Algoma Public Health will be receiving a limited supply of Moderna Bivalent vaccine for the next few weeks.
- An updated order form will be circulated through the APH contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Following the same process as usual, requests can be submitted to email@example.com.
- Requests for bivalent vaccine will be filled based on allocation and delivery to Algoma (pending).
- For facilities impacted by this change in eligibility (long-term care, retirement homes, elder lodges, etc.), please conduct an internal assessment of eligibility and consent for next booster doses to prepare requests.
The following are pending, and Algoma Public Health will circulate once received/ready:
- COVID-19 Vaccine Administration (Ministry of Health)
- COVID-19 Third Dose and Booster Dose Recommendations (Ministry of Health)
- Confirmation of vaccine supply to arrive and delivery in Algoma (Ministry of Health)
- Vaccine arrival and confirmation (APH)
- Updated vaccine request form (APH)
Ontarians Aged 18+ Eligible for Bivalent COVID-19 Booster Dose
Bivalent Boosters Available to Vulnerable Populations Immediately, All Ontarians Aged 18+ Eligible Starting September 26
September 12, 2022
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TORONTO — Based on guidance from Health Canada and the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI), 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 bivalent COVID-19 booster is a safe and effective way for people to better protect themselves against the most recently circulating COVID-19 variants in Ontario,” said Dr. Kieran Moore, Chief Medical Officer of Health. “As vaccine protection decreases over time, I encourage all Ontarians aged five and over to receive the booster dose they are eligible for.”
Starting today at 8:00 a.m., bivalent COVID-19 booster appointments will be available to and can be booked for the most vulnerable populations, including:
- individuals aged 70 and over;
- 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; and
- health care workers aged 18 and over.
To prioritize distribution to these populations, new booster appointments for Ontarians aged 18 and over will be paused until September 26. However, to allow for convenient planning and preparation, individuals 18 years of age and older who do not belong to a priority population can start booking their appointments today, the availability of which is based on shipment schedules and supply from the federal government. All previously-booked booster appointments for September 12 to 25 will be honoured and, if available, the bivalent vaccine will be offered.
Individuals can receive the bivalent booster at the recommended interval of at least six months from their previous dose, regardless of how many boosters they have already received.
Appointments can be booked through the COVID-19 vaccination portal or by calling the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre (PVCC) at 1-833-943-3900. Eligible individuals can also book an appointment directly through public health units that use their own booking systems, Indigenous-led vaccination clinics, participating health care providers and participating pharmacies. Pregnant individuals and health care workers booking from September 12 to 25 must call the PVCC or book booster dose appointments through participating pharmacies.
Long-term care, retirement home and Elder Care Lodge residents may receive their bivalent booster dose directly through the congregate home where they live.
“With the start of the respiratory illness season, it is especially important to make sure people stay up to date with their vaccines,” said Sylvia Jones, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters are the best tool to keep people healthy and out of hospitals, and to ensure Ontario’s economy stays open as kids go back to school and as the weather cools and people spend more time indoors.”
The bivalent vaccine, along with continued access to testing and antivirals and updated public health guidance, gives Ontarians the tools they need to make the best decisions for themselves on how to stay safe, healthy and out of hospitals as the province continues its efforts to support the recovery and rebuilding of the health system.
- The province is preparing to provide free flu shots to Ontarians this fall so they can protect themselves and reduce the number of hospitalizations due to influenza.
- If you have questions about COVID-19 vaccines, please contact the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900 (TTY for people who are deaf, hearing-impaired or speech-impaired: 1-866-797-0007), which is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and capable of providing assistance in more than 300 languages.
- If you have questions about vaccinating your child, speak with your health care provider or contact the COVID-19 Vaccine Consult Service at ca/vaccineconsultor 1-888-304-6558 to book a confidential phone appointment with a SickKids’ Registered Nurse or the Scarborough Health Network VaxFacts Clinic at shn.ca/vaxfacts or 416-438-2911, ext. 5738 to speak with a qualified physician.
- For more information about treatment options, contact your primary care provider, visit a clinical assessment centre, or call Health Connect Ontario at 811 or 1-866-797-0007 (toll-free TTY) for more information on treatments, assistance, or eligibility for virtual care options.
- Children Aged Five and Over Eligible for First Booster Shot
- Ontario Introduces a Plan to Stay Open: Health System Stability and Recovery
- COVID-19 Vaccine Bookings to Open for Children Aged Six Months to Under Five Years
- Ontarians Aged 18+ Eligible for Second Booster Shot
- COVID-19 vaccines for children and youth
- Staying Up to Date with COVID-19 Vaccines: Recommended Doses
- Visit COVID-19 Vaccine Consult Serviceto book a confidential phone appointment with a SickKids Registered Nurse
- For resources in multiple languages to help local communication efforts in responding to COVID-19, visit Ontario’s COVID-19 communication resources webpage.
- Visit Ontario’s website to learn more about how the province continues to protect the people of Ontario from COVID-19.