Select individuals across Chatham-Kent are now eligible to book their second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine appointment ahead of schedule.
The CK Public Health invites all high-risk health care workers, dialysis patients, and all First Nations, Inuit and Métis individuals to book their second COVID-19 vaccination appointment at a shortened interval thanks to an increased vaccine supply across Ontario in the coming weeks.
Beginning May 14, at 8 a.m., high-risk health care workers may book second dose appointments online at GetYourShotCK.ca or by calling 519.351.1010 and leaving a message. Dialysis patients and all First Nations, Inuit and Métis individuals may begin booking immediately.
Being included in the shortened interval means these individuals may book appointments 21 days after receiving their first dose of Pfizer-BioNTech and 28 days after receiving their first dose of Moderna.
High-risk health care workers eligible for the shortened second-dose include:
• All hospital and acute care staff in frontline roles with COVID-19 patients and/or with a high-risk of exposure to COVID-19, including nurses and personal support workers and those performing aerosol-generating procedures.
• All patient-facing health care workers involved in the COVID-19 response;
• Medical First Responders;
• Community health care workers serving specialized populations;
• Long-term care home and retirement-home health care workers, including nurses and personal support workers and Essential Caregivers;
• Individuals working in Community Health Centers serving disproportionally affected communities and/or communities experiencing the highest burden of health, social and economic impacts from COVID-19;
• Critical health care workers in remote and hard to access communities, e.g., sole practitioner;
• Home and community care health care workers, including nurses and personal support workers caring for recipients of chronic homecare and seniors in congregate living facilities or providing hands-on care to COVID-19 patients in the community.
When booking a second dose, CK Public Health reminds residents to book an appointment at a clinic offering the same vaccine as their first dose.
Regarding the mixing and matching of vaccines, Chatham-Kent’s Medical officer of Health, Dr. David Colby, said it remains to be seen, and he is waiting to see evidence before signing off on it.
“As soon as there is evidence that you can use the first dose with one vaccine and the second dose with another, I will heartily endorse that,” said Colby. “I don’t have any inherent bias towards that in general. I just want to see some evidence that it works well before we start recommending it.”
CK Public Health staff are working very hard to roll out the vaccine efficiently and in line with the Ministry of Health’s vaccination rollout plan. Appointments are currently being booked a few weeks out. As vaccine supplies increase, additional clinic dates will be announced.
For the latest COVID-19 vaccination updates, please visit ckphu.com/covid-19-vaccines.
Bird Bouchard, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Ridgetown Independent News