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Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit provides update on second doses

On April 20, 2021 the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit Vaccine Team began giving out second dose appointments to individuals being vaccinated. These are being scheduled within the prescribed timeline from the Province of Ontario of up to 16 weeks after first dose, and are commencing in late July.

Individuals that received a vaccine prior to April 20, 2021 will be contacted to book their second dose. The Vaccine Team has started contacting these individuals to schedule second doses, for appointments starting after May 24.

All second doses are being scheduled by DATE of first dose, not by eligibility grouping or priority. This is to ensure that everyone receives their second dose as per the provincial direction up to 16 weeks (112 days) after their first dose.

Residents are asked to be patient as the team moves through the dates and callbacks for second dose appointments. Please do not call the health unit for an appointment or further information concerning second doses. All second doses, regardless of where or when you received your first dose of vaccine, are being booked through the Health Unit.

If you have not received a phone call from the Health Unit and it is more than 90 days after your first dose, please call the vaccine hotline at 519-427-5903 and leave a message for follow-up.

As per direction from the Ministry of Health, Province of Ontario, the population receiving second doses between 21 and 35 days are:

  • Long Term Care and Retirement Home residents
  • Indigenous adults
  • Organ transplant recipients
  • Stem cell transplant patients
  • Hematological Malignancy (diagnosis within one year)
  • Patients on immunosuppressant treatments, including chemotherapy and immunity-weakening medications

For more information about vaccine rollout in Haldimand and Norfolk counties, including current eligibility details, visit HNHU.org/covax.