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Expanded eligibility for 50 plus for Third Booster Doses

December 2, 2021

The Ministry of Health announced that starting December 13, 2021, they will be opening up eligibility for third doses to those over 50 years old (Born in 1971 and before) at 168 days after their second dose. The third will provide added protection against symptoms of COVID-19 and hospitalizations. This is particularly important for people with chronic disease, e.g. diabetes, COPD, hypertension, stroke, kidney, heart disease, and neuromuscular diseases.

In addition, effective immediately individuals receiving dialysis (hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis) are eligible to receive a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine if it has been 56 days since their second dose. The province is recommending re-vaccination with a new COVID-19 vaccine primary series post-transplantation for individuals who receive hematopoietic stem cell transplants (HSCT), hematopoietic cell transplants (HCT) (autologous or allogeneic), and recipients of CAR-T-cell therapy, due to the loss of immunity following therapy or transplant. Contact your health care provider about getting the vaccine if you fit into one of these groups.

Individuals in the 50s and 60 age group are encouraged to first go to pharmacies or their health care provider for their third dose. This ensures that the community clinics have space for the 5 to 11 year old age group, and the 70 and older age groups who are at a higher risk of serious illness and hospitalization from COVID-19.

Booking Information on or after December 13, 2021:

  • Check a participating pharmacy or with your healthcare provider to see if they are providing COVID-19 vaccinations
  • If you are unable to receive your third dose at a pharmacy or from your healthcare provider, you can book at our local clinics:
    • Appointments cannot be booked until AFTER 8:00am on December 13
    • All Leeds, Grenville and Lanark clinic appointments are in our local booking system NOT in the provincial booking system. You may book an appointment for a clinic outside of Leeds, Grenville and Lanark region through the provincial system.


For media interviews, contact: Susan Healey, Communications Co-ordinator, 613-802-0550 or Katie Jackson, Manager, 613-812-0416 or [email protected].