Fourth doses of COVID-19 vaccine NOW available for eligible residents

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Fourth doses of COVID-19 vaccine available for eligible residents as of April 7th

Waterloo Region – With the increasing spread of COVID-19 due to the lifting of restrictions by the Province, Region of Waterloo Public Health is advising residents to get vaccinated and stay up to date with the recommended doses. This includes getting a fourth dose for those who will be eligible as of Thursday, April 7.

Today, the Province announced it is expanding eligibility for a fourth dose to individuals aged 60 and older, as well as First Nation, Inuit and Métis individuals and their non-Indigenous household members aged 18 and older.

Those eligible for a fourth dose are encouraged to receive it five months (or 140 days) after their most recent booster. If someone was recently infected with COVID-19, the recommendation is to get a booster at least three months (84 days) from their symptom onset or the date of their positive test. 

“Being up to date with COVID-19 vaccines provides the strongest protection from serious illness, hospitalization and death,” said Dr. Hsiu-Li Wang, Medical Officer of Health for the Region of Waterloo. “Other ways to reduce the risk of serious outcomes is to continue to wear a mask in indoor public settings, stay at home when sick, and ensure you are in well-ventilated indoor spaces and/or spend more time outdoors.” 

There are many opportunities in Waterloo Region to get the COVID-19 vaccine, including a fourth dose:

Residents can get up-to-date clinic information including days and hours of operation at: regionofwaterloo.ca/getavaccine

Residents can find more information about getting a COVID-19 vaccine at: regionofwaterloo.ca/getavaccine

 

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