Several school-based and pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinics are being held in Newmarket and area throughout April for first, second and first booster doses.
While Ontario has announced residents aged 60 and older will be eligible for a fourth COVID-19 vaccine dose starting Thursday, York Region Public Health is waiting for provincial guidance on the second booster doses and is not yet offering them, said Patrick Casey, York Region director of corporate communications.
The fourth dose is being offered at a recommended interval of five months after the initial booster shot. Currently only immunocompromised residents aged 12 and older are eligible to receive a second booster at least six months after their third vaccine dose.
In the meantime, on Wednesday, April 6 from noon to 7 p.m. clinics will be held at Our Lady of Grace Roman Catholic Church in Aurora and Royal Canadian Legion Branch 426 in Newmarket.
A clinic will also be held at the Holland Landing Community Centre in East Gwillimbury on Friday, April 8 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
That same day, an anxiety-reducing vaccine clinic will be held in Newmarket at 17150 Yonge St. on the third floor. Appointments are required for this clinic.
A school-based clinic will be held at Glen Cedar Public School in Newmarket on April 13 and another one will be held at Notre Dame Catholic Elementary School in Newmarket on April 20.
York Region-led community clinics continue to run throughout the region, including the one at the York Region centre at 17150 Yonge St.
For children aged five to 11, 62.8 per cent have received on dose of the vaccine and 43.6 per cent have received two doses.
To date, 594,259 COVID-19 booster doses have been administered and 56.4 percent of all eligible York Region residents are boosted.