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Hamilton’s COVID-19 vaccination program expands to include adults aged 70+

HAMILTON, ON – The Hamilton healthcare partners continue to make progress in vaccinating members of the community who fall into Phase 1 of the Province’s COVID-19 Vaccination Framework. We are pleased to announce that to date, we have administered approximately 87,945 doses of COVD-19 vaccine – with 12% of eligible Hamiltonians receiving a vaccine to date.

In alignment with Provincial direction, effective immediately, those residents in Hamilton who are 70 years of age and older are eligible to book an appointment to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. 

Booking an appointment at a large-scale clinic

Members of the public can access the Provincial online booking portal found at www.hamilton.ca/VaccineBooking. For those who do not have access to the internet or a computer, or do not have a valid Ontario photo health card, please call the Public Health Services COVID-19 Hotline at 905-974-9848, option 7 to book an appointment. Due to potential call volumes expected at the call centre, the City of Hamilton encourages everyone to self-register online if able to so, it's the quickest process to get an appointment. The hotline is trying to focus on those without health cards and those without computer access. These are all by-appointment only clinics, walk-ins are not permitted.

Booking an appointment at a mobile pop-up clinic

Members of the public can call the Public Health Services COVID-19 Hotline at 905-974-9848, option 7.  A list of mobile pop-up clinics can be found by visiting www.hamilton.ca/VaccineBooking, or through the hotline. Due to potential call volumes expected at the call centre, we ask that those who are calling for an appointment are patient and call back if the lines are busy. These are all by-appointment only clinics, walk-ins are not permitted.

We need to work together to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community, to reserve healthcare and hospital capacity and to protect vulnerable settings.

Quick facts

  • The Provincial Government is working with each of the province’s 34 public health units (PHUs) to develop and implement efficient and localized solutions that enable Ontario’s one plan. PHUs were asked to consider accessibility issues in their plan and have local solutions, such as mobile clinics and transportation. Vaccine administration rates may differ based on local context.
  • Second doses for the COVID-19 vaccine have been extended to a 16-week interval by the Provincial Government.
  • Information regarding registration, booking, and sequencing will be available on the COVID-19 Vaccines section of the City’s website at www.hamilton.ca/COVIDvaccines.
  • Vaccination phasing and sequencing will continue to be released for additional categories as per the direction of the provincial government.
  • All vaccination planning is based on and contingent on available COVID-19 vaccine supply.
  • It is vital that members of the public, even those who have been vaccinated, ensure that public health measures still be practiced until it is safe and said to be safe by the health professionals in all levels of government.  Public health measures include:  
    • stay home if you are feeling unwell
    • get tested for COVID-19 if you have symptoms or have been in close contact with a confirmed positive case of COVID-19
    • limit gatherings to only members of your immediate household
    • maintain a physical distance of at least 6 feet or 2 meters from others outside of your immediate household
    • wear a mask or face covering indoors and outdoors when not able to maintain physical distancing
    • wash hands frequently

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