More northwestern Ontario residents are now eligible to receive a third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, including those in retirement homes and first responders.

Ontario began providing third doses for those considered the most at-risk of contracting COVID-19, such as those who are immunosuppressed, transplant recipients and those living in long-term care homes in August.

Then in early November, Ontario began offering booster doses of the vaccine to:

- Those aged 70 and over,
- Healthcare workers and designated caregivers,
- First Nations, Inuit and Metis adults and their non-Indigenous household members,
- Individuals who received two doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine or one dose of the Janssen vaccine.

Now, as long as the second dose was given at least 24 weeks ago, the following groups are now eligible:

- First responders,
- People living in a retirement home, elder care lodge, or those living in a congregate setting for seniors, including designated essential caregivers.

Anyone who is eligible for a first, second or booster dose of the vaccine can book an appointment at one of the scheduled clinics across the region.

To book an appointment, residents can:

- Use Northwestern Health Unit’s booking site:

- Call Northwestern Health Unit at: 1-866-468-2240
- Contact your health care provider
- Contact your local pharmacy