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XBB.1.5 COVID-19 Vaccinations Available To High Risk And 65 Years And Older

KAWARTHA LAKES-The Ministry of Health released its COVID-19 Vaccine Guidance which recommends a dose of the XBB 1.5-containing COVID-19 mRNA vaccine, which officials say provides protection for the new Omicron XBB variant.

The health Unit is advising residents at high-risk and 65 years of age and older who have not had a COVID-19 vaccine dose in the last six months or known COVID-19 infection can receive a dose of the XBB.1.5 COVID-19 vaccine now. Residents who have not been previously vaccinated can receive the XBB.1.5 COVID-19 vaccine to start the series.

Immunization Eligibility Groups
Currently, the XBB.1.5 COVID-19 vaccine is available for the following groups:

  • Individuals at high-risk for COVID-19 related complications or hospitalization (Group 1):
    • Pregnant individuals
    • Residents and staff of congregate living settings (e.g., chronic care facilities, retirement homes)
    • People ≥ 65 years of age
    • All children 6 months to 4 years of age
    • Individuals who are from a First Nation, Inuit, or Métis community, and/or who self-identify as First Nation, Inuit, or Métis, and their household members
    • Adults or children 6 months of age and over with chronic health conditions
    • Members of racialized and other equity deserving communities 
  • Health care workers and first responders

The next and final eligible group:

  • Administration to the general public, beginning at the age of 12 years and up, will likely begin late October or early November.

For those 6 months to 11 years of age please call the HKPR District Health Unit at 1-866-888-4577 x 1507 to book.

 How to Book an Appointment
Appointments can be booked through the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre online or by calling 1-833-943-3900 or
1-855-797-0007 for those who are deaf, hearing or speech impaired.

 You can also access COVID-19 vaccine doses through your health care provider and select pharmacies. Find a full list of pharmacies here.

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