REGION OF WATERLOO
Waterloo Region – Starting tomorrow, it will be easier for residents to get a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in Waterloo Region as appointments are no longer required. All public vaccination clinics will be accepting walk-ins for both first and second doses of the vaccine. Although members of the public still have the option of scheduling an appointment, walk-ins will be welcome as long as sufficient vaccine is available at the vaccination clinic.
Since early June, when the Province identified Waterloo Region as a Delta hotspot, accelerating the administration of second doses has been an important priority for the Waterloo Region Vaccine Distribution Task Force. Due to the hard work of everyone involved in the vaccine rollout, the Task Force is now able to support all residents to get their second dose of the vaccine at a shortened interval.
As vaccine rollout has accelerated, all residents are able to get their second dose this summer. Residents with September and October appointments are asked to rebook an earlier appointment or walk-in to any regional vaccination clinic for their second dose. To maximize clinic capacity this summer, appointments that fall more than 40 days after a first dose will be cancelled with information on how to access an earlier second dose now.
“With more vaccine available, and fewer people contending for appointments, we’re now able to accommodate walk-ins for both first and second doses,” said Shirley Hilton, Deputy Chief for Waterloo Regional Police Service and head of the Waterloo Region Vaccine Distribution Task Force. “We’re pleased to be able to make it easier for residents to complete their vaccine series as soon as possible.”
Anyone in the community who is 12+ is encouraged to get their second dose as long as it has been at least 28 days since their first dose (of Moderna or Pfizer). Find a vaccination clinic on the Region of Waterloo website: Clinic locations and information
Vaccines are also available at many family doctors’ offices (for their patients) and local pharmacies. Call ahead to find out if appointments are required.
Residents are urged to complete their vaccination series as soon as they can to stop the spread of COVID-19 and the Delta variant in the community. The more people who are fully immunized against COVID-19, the harder it will be for the virus to spread.