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Hamilton’s COVID-19 vaccination program expands to include adults aged 18+

HAMILTON, ON – The Hamilton healthcare partners continue to make progress in vaccinating members of the community who fall into Phases 1 & 2 of the Province’s COVID-19 Vaccination Framework. We are pleased to announce that to date, we have administered approximately 246,822 doses of COVD-19 vaccine – with upwards of 48.1% of Hamiltonians over the age of 18 receiving a vaccine to date.

In alignment with Provincial direction, effective Tuesday, May 18, 2021, those residents in Hamilton who are 18 years of age and older (in 2021) are eligible to book an appointment to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. With this change in eligibility, all adults who would like a COVID-19 vaccination are eligible to book an appointment for one.

Booking an appointment. Members of the public can access the Provincial online booking portal found at by calling the Provincial hotline at 1-888-999-6488.

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.

Public Health Services recommends that everyone who is eligible for a vaccination receive the first vaccine that is available to them. 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 populations.

QUICK FACTS • 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 • 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: o stay home if you are feeling unwell o get tested for COVID-19 if you have symptoms or have been in close contact with a confirmed positive case of COVID-19 o limit gatherings to only members of your immediate household o maintain a physical distance of at least 6 feet or 2 meters from others outside of your immediate household o wear a mask or face covering indoors and outdoors when not able to maintain physical distancing o wash hands frequently

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