Ontario expanding third dose COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to 50+ in mid-December

Ontario will be expanding third dose COVID-19 vaccine eligibility in mid-December, allowing individuals aged 50 and up to get the booster shot.

Individuals in this age group will be able to book their appointments starting at 8 a.m. on Dec. 13 through the provincial vaccine portal or call centre, at a pharmacy or at their family doctor’s office. Ontarians must wait at least six months after they get their second dose to get the booster.

The province also said that people receiving dialysis are eligible to receive a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as of today as long as it has been 56 days since their second shot. Officials recommend that people who receive hematopoietic stem cell transplants, hematopoietic cell transplants, and recipients of CAR-T-cell therapy be “re-vaccinated” due to “loss of immunity following therapy or transplant.”

A limited supply of single dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine will also be available as of Thursday for people who have had an allergy or cannot get a mRNA vaccine for a medical reason.

It can also be requested by an individual who has not yet been vaccine through a public health unit, officials say.

The new booster eligibility comes as officials confirmed multiple cases of the new Omicron variant in Ontario.

As a result of the new variant, the federal government implemented restrictions against travellers from select countries in southern Africa as well as new COVID-19 testing requirements for everyone entering Canada, except those coming from the United States.

As of Monday, the province was sitting on a supply of 3.7 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine.

The government has previously said that booster shots would be available gradually to the general public based on age and risk factors starting in early 2022.

Officials say that more than 696,000 third doses have been administered in Ontario so far.

Ontario’s chief medical officer of health will officially announce the expanded eligibility at 2 p.m. The news conference will be streamed live at CTVNewsToronto.ca and on the CTV News Toronto app.

This is a breaking news story. More to come.

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