New bivalent COVID-19 booster shots available to all adults in Ontario Monday

A public health nurse administers the COVID-19 vaccine. (File photo by Miranda Chant, Blackburn News)

Adults across Ontario can begin booking their appointment for a bivalent COVID-19 booster dose.

Starting Monday, everyone aged 18 and up will be eligible to receive the bivalent booster dose, which officials say may offer more protection against the Omicron variants.

“With the start of the fall and winter respiratory illness season, it is especially important to make sure people stay up to date with their vaccines,” said Deputy Premier and Minister of Health Sylvia Jones. “COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters are the best tool to keep people healthy and out of hospitals, and to ensure Ontario’s economy stays open as the weather cools and people spend more time indoors.”

The new pediatric Pfizer vaccine will also be  available for children between the ages of six months and five years old on Monday.

Parents and caregivers can continue to book appointments the same way as they would for the bivalent vaccination.

“The bivalent COVID-19 booster provides better protection against the currently circulating COVID-19 variants in Ontario,” said Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kieran Moore. “We also know that getting your child vaccinated improves their immune response to COVID-19 infection and reduces the possibility of severe disease and hospitalization and post COVID-19 symptoms.”

Ontarians can book their appointment through the COVID-19 vaccination portal or by calling the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900.

Residents  can also book an appointment directly through public health units that use their own booking systems, Indigenous-led vaccination clinics, participating health care providers and participating pharmacies.