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.