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COVID-19 Vaccine Info for Waterloo Region

Vaccine Eligibility, Pre-registration and more

 

As the Covid-19 vaccine trickles into Canada, Waterloo Region is making it easy for residents to get their shots.

Here’s how it works:

  1. How to get vaccinated in Waterloo Region

~ You must belong to a priority group to be eligible (a detailed list can be found on the Region of Waterloo website at waterlooregion.ca)

~ You must pre-register with the Region and then wait to be contacted for an appointment

~ There are no appointments for the general public and walk-ins are not accepted

  1. How to Pre-register

~ It is recommended that you pre-register online at regionofwaterloo.ca/vaccineprereg

~ If you are eligible and don’t have online access, call 519-575-4400 to talk with a live person 24-7 in over 200 languages (deaf and hearing impaired call 519-575-4608)

  1. Who is eligible to pre-register?

~ A detailed list can be found at regionofwaterloo.ca, but generally, eligible groups include adults 70 and older (born in 1951 or earlier), adults with high-risk medical conditions and one essential caregiver, adults receiving chronic home-health care, essential caregivers in long-term-care or retirement homes or senior’s congregate settings, health-care workers, Indigenous adults, staff and residents in senior’s congregant settings and staff in long-term-care or retirement homes.

~ At this time, adults under 70 and other essential workers are not eligible to preregister.

  1. Where can you get your shot once you are contacted?

~ Wellesley clinic at 3710 Nafziger Drive, Unit A, Wellesley

~ The Boardwalk clinic at 435 The Boardwalk in Waterloo, Medical Centre 2

~ Langs Community Health Centre at 1145 Concession Road in Cambridge

~ Health Sciences Campus at 10 Victoria Street South in Kitchener

~ SmartCentres at 66 Pinebush Road in Cambridge (in the old Rona store)

  1. What do you need to bring?

~ You will need your Ontario Health Card or other government photo ID. If you are part of a work-place priority group, bring your workplace ID as well.

 

Ready to Get Your Vaccine? Eligible Priority Groups

 

If you are a member of any of the following priority groups, you are now eligible to pre-register for a COVID-19 vaccination appointment.

 

Phase 1 groups eligible to pre-register:

  • Adult recipients of chronic home care
  • Adults 80 years of age and older, born in 1941 or earlier
  • Health care workers (All categories)
  • Indigenous adults (Includes individuals and Elders regardless of status or Indigenous identity and any adults 18 years of age and older, living in their immediate household.)
  • Long-term care and retirement homes staff
  • Long-term care and retirement homes essential caregivers
  • Seniors group settings staff and residents
  • Seniors group setting essential caregivers

Phase 2 groups eligible to pre-register:

  • Adults 70-79 years of age, born in 1951 or earlier
  • Adults 60-69 years of age, born in 1961 or earlier
  • Adults with highest-risk and high-risk health conditions
    • Highest-risk health conditions:
      • Organ transplant recipients
      • Hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients
      • People with neurological diseases in which respiratory function may be compromised (e.g. motor neuron disease, myasthenia gravis, multiple sclerosis)
      • Haematological malignancy diagnosed less than one year ago
      • Kidney disease (eGFR less than 30)
    • High-risk health conditions:
      • Obesity (Body Mass Index >40)
      • Other treatments causing immunosuppression (e.g. chemotherapy, immunity-weakening medications)
      • Intellectual or developmental disabilities (e.g. Down Syndrome, autism spectrum disorder, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy)
  • One essential caregiver for an adult or child with a highest-risk or high-risk health condition who requires support for daily living
  • Faith Leaders who are in close contact with persons and families in the following circumstances:
    • End-of-life care
    • Care of the deceased, funerals, bathing, or other ceremony with direct contact with deceased persons
    • Home visits to unwell persons
    • Pastoral care in hospitals, long-term care, retirement homes, or other vulnerable settings
  • Residents and frontline staff in the following high-risk settings (many of the following groups will be booked directly into mobile clinics):
    • Supportive housing
    • Developmental services, including supported independent living
    • Emergency homeless shelters
    • Other homeless populations not in shelters
    • Mental health and addictions congregate settings, including supportive housing
    • Homes for special care
    • Employer-provided housing for farm workers, including temporary foreign workers
    • Adult correctional facilities
    • Violence Against Women shelters
    • Anti-Human Trafficking residences
    • Children’s residential facilities, including group homes and foster homes
    • Indigenous healing and wellness
    • Youth justice facilities
    • Bail beds
  • One essential caregiver for residents in the following high-risk congregate settings:
    • Developmental services, including supported independent living
    • Mental health and addictions congregate settings, including supportive housing
    • Homes for special care
    • Children’s residential facilities, including group homes and foster homes
    • Indigenous healing and wellness

 

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