Norfolk Haldimand health unit prepares for second round of vaccines

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The COVID-19 roll-out in Norfolk and Haldimand is complicated by the fact that the AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Moderna vaccines involve a two-jab process.

On April 28, the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit shared its game plan for administering the second dose to recipients who have already received a first dose of these medications.

“All second doses are being scheduled by date of first dose, not by eligibility grouping or priority,” the health unit said in a news release.

“This is to ensure everyone receives their second dose as per the provincial direction up to 16 weeks – 112 days – after their first dose.”

This means those wishing to complete their two-dose regimen should be prepared to roll up their sleeves a second time by the end of July.

The Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit Vaccine Team began allotting second-dose appointments on April 20. The vaccine team has begun contacting individuals for second doses, with these appointments beginning after May 24.


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“Residents are asked to be patient as the team moves through the dates and call-backs for second-dose appointments,” the health unit says. “Please do not call the health unit for an appointment or further information concerning second doses. All second doses – regardless of where or when you received your first dose of vaccine — are being booked through the health unit.”

If it is more than 90 days after your first dose and you have not received a call-back for a second dose, call the local vaccine hotline at 519-427-5903 and leave a message. Someone will follow up.

According to the Ontario Ministry of Health, the populations to receive second doses between 21 and 35 days include:

  • Long-term care and retirement home residents.
  • Indigenous adults.
  • Organ transplant recipients.
  • Stem cell transplant patients.
  • Hematological malignancy (diagnosis within one year).
  • Patients on immune-suppressant treatments, including chemotherapy and immunity-weakening medications.

Further information on the vaccine roll-out in Haldimand and Norfolk – including eligibility details – is available at

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