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Hamilton’s COVID-19 vaccine program expands to residents 50+, high risk groups

Hamilton’s ongoing COVID-19 vaccination efforts have expanded further to include even more groups who are now eligible to book appointments.

As of today – Thursday, May 6th – individuals who are 50 years of age or older citywide, individuals with high-risk health conditions, and those in Group One who people who cannot work from home are able to book a vaccine.

The high-risk health conditions include individuals with a body mass index (BMI) greater than 40; individuals receiving treatments that cause immunosuppression including chemotherapy or immunity-weakening medications; those with developmental disabilities; and one essential caregiver for individuals with conditions in this category.

Group One of people who cannot work from home includes the following categories:

  • Elementary and secondary school workers, including teachers, custodial staff, bus drivers, and administrators
  • Workers responding to critical events such as firefighters, police officers, special constables, children’s aid workers, and emergency management.
  • Enforcement, inspection, and compliance workers such as bylaw officers, building inspectors, food inspectors, animal welfare inspectors, labour inspectors, border inspection officers.
  • Childcare workers and foster care agency workers
  • Food manufacturing and distribution workers
  • Agriculture and farm workers
  • Funeral workers

Eligible residents can book their COVID-19 vaccine appointments via the province’s online booking portal, or through the Public Health hotline at 905-974-9848, option 7.

Read the full release on the city website.

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