Notice: COVID -19 Vaccine Information

Vaccine Update as of Aug 18, 2021

Expansion of eligibility to those born in 2009 (those turning 12 in 2021)

On the advice of the Children’s Vaccination Table and the Vaccine Clinical Advisory Group, we will be opening eligibility to Pfizer vaccine for all of those born in 2009. This expansion has been done to ensure consistent access across the province and after close review of the experiences from other jurisdictions who have immunized this age cohort and have not seen safety signals associated with this practice. Expanding eligibility to students born in 2009 but who have not yet had their birthday ensures broader access to the protections afforded by vaccination, helping to keep our schools safer into the fall.

Administration of Third Doses

It continues to be crucial for all eligible Ontarians to complete their COVID-19 vaccine series with two doses to receive the best level of protection against infection and severe health outcomes. However, there is now emerging evidence of the suboptimal immune response in specific immunocompromised patients that may be improved with the administration of a third dose. There is also emerging literature on the reduced immune response and the more rapid waning of antibody responses in long term care home resident populations.

Effective August 18th, recommendation of a third dose of mRNA vaccine in the following immunocompromised population groups as an extension of the primary vaccine series:

  • Transplant recipients (including solid organ transplant and hematopoietic stem cell transplants)


  • Individuals receiving treatment with an anti-CD20 agent (e.g., rituximab, ocrelizumab, ofatumumab), commonly used for conditions such as multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, leukemias/lymphoma etc.


  • Individuals receiving active treatment (chemotherapy, targeted therapies, immunotherapy) for malignant hematologic disorders (e.g., Acute myeloid leukemia, chronic myeloid leukemia, acute lymphoblastic leukemia, chronic lymphocytic leukemia)


The third dose should be offered at least two months after the second dose for the above groups, and exact timing should be decided with the treating provider in order to optimize the immune response from the vaccine series and minimize delays in management of their underlying condition.

Copy of Vaccine Receipt:

If you have been vaccinated in Ontario, you can log into the provincial portal to download or print your receipt at have your healthcard ready.


NFHT Vaccine UpdateHow do I register for the COVID-19 Vaccination

Individuals may bookappointments online orby calling the HaldimandNorfolk vaccine hotlineat 519-427-5903 


Did you receive one or both of your COVID-19vaccines outside of Ontario or Canada? For moreinformation, visit Ministry of Health COVID-19 Guidancefor Individuals Vaccinated outside of Ontario/Canada 

Download Vaccination Update Flyer (pdf)

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