People 70+ Can Book A Second Dose Vaccine Appointment Starting Saturday

Friday June 4th, 2021

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The Windsor Essex County Health Unit will be opening up booking for second dose COVID-19 vaccine appointments for two priority groups starting Saturday.

As of 8:00am on Saturday, June 5th, individuals 70 years of age and older in 2021, as well as individuals who received their first mRNA (Pfizer or Moderna) COVID-19 vaccine dose before March 31st, will be eligible to book their second dose vaccine at a mass vaccination clinic, local pharmacy, or healthcare provider office that is administering vaccines.

As of 8:00am on Monday, June 7th, individuals who received a first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine at least 12-weeks ago and who have not yet received their second dose, will be able to have the option of receiving their second dose of AstraZeneca through participating pharmacies or primary care providers or book a second dose appointment for an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer BioNTech or Moderna) through mass vaccinations clinics, pharmacies, or primary care providers.

The Health Unit says the decision to mix vaccines from different manufacturers is in alignment with updated guidance from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) recommendation and supported by the Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts.

Appointments are still required for first and second COVID-19 vaccine doses at all of the mass vaccination clinics, participating pharmacies, and participating healthcare providers. No walk-ins will be permitted. When attending your booked appointment, you’re asked to bring your health card or other identification document such as a driver’s license or passport.

Those eligible to book an appointment do not need to receive the second vaccine in the same location as the first. The Health Unit is encouraging all eligible community members who want to attend a mass vaccination clinic to book online through the online booking system or by calling the vaccination booking call centre at 226-773-2200 to make an appointment. Due to expected call volumes initially, they say it may take multiple attempts to speak with a Windsor-Essex County Health Unit representative.

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