Second Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine

If you received your first dose of Pfizer, Moderna or AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, you will need a second dose to be fully protected.

In Ontario, the second dose for these vaccines is now given up 112 days after the first dose.  

This timing affects everyone in Ontario, except for high-risk individuals, including: 

  • Residents of long-term care homes/retirement homes/elder care lodges/assisted living facilities. 
  • Adults who are First Nations, Inuit and Metis
  •  Highest-risk health care workers
  • Individuals with certain medical conditions:
    • Transplant recipients (including solid organ transplants and hematopoietic stem cell transplants)
    • Individuals with malignant hematologic disorders and non-hematologic malignant solid tumors receiving active treatment (chemotherapy, targeted therapies, immunotherapy), excluding individuals receiving solely hormonal therapy or radiation therapy
    • Individuals on dialysis

The Province of Ontario may add to this list from time to time, but no other exceptions are allowed unless the government adds to this list. 

If you are eligible for a shortened dose interval and are not able to book an appointment through your health care provider or pharmacy, follow the instructions to be added to the Click and Connect system and be placed on a booking list for a second dose appointment. 


If you booked your first dose of vaccine through the provincial booking system, you will have already received an appointment for your second dose. If you need to change your appointment, please call the provincial booking system booking number: 1-888-999-6488.

Please note: you may need to go to a different clinic location for your second dose appointment. Please check for updated vaccination clinic locations prior to your appointment.


The following information on booking an appointment for a second dose is for individuals who did NOT book their first vaccine dose through the provincial booking system.

Individuals who:
  • Received their first dose at an immunization clinic prior to March 25: you will be contacted directly about how to book an appointment for a second dose.
  • Received their first dose of vaccine through a hospital clinic: the hospital will contact you directly to book your appointment for second dose. If you are eligible for a shortened dose interval, the hospital will contact you about changes to your appointment.
  • Health care workers and essential caregivers who received their first dose of vaccine at a long-term care or retirement home: Check to see if there are plans for vaccination at your facility. If not, follow the instructions to be added to the Click and Connect system and be placed on a booking list for a second dose appointment.
  • Received their first dose of vaccine at an end-of-day dose at a Health Unit immunization clinic: you will need to book an appointment through the provincial booking system. The system does not yet allow second dose appointments to be booked. Check the website for updates on when the system will permit these appointments to be booked. If you are eligible for a shortened dose interval, follow the instructions to be added to the Click and Connect system and be placed on a booking list for a second dose appointment.
  • Received their first dose through a pharmacy or primary care provider after March 25: you will be provided a second dose appointment from the pharmacy or health care provider. 
  • Received their first dose of vaccine at a clinic held specifically for Indigenous adults: you will be contacted directly about how to book an appointment for a second dose.
  • Are receiving dialysis at a local hospital: the hospital will be in contact with you to schedule your second dose.

Additional Resources

Diners at Local Restaurant Asked to Monitor for COVID-19 Symptoms After Potential Exposure

The local health unit is asking patrons of a local restaurant to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms after they may have potentially been exposed to the virus.

The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit (HKPRDHU) is asking anyone who dined in the Swiss Chalet restaurant on Strathy Road in Cobourg between March 25 and April 5 to monitor themselves and get tested if they develop symptoms. Symptoms include fever (temperature of 37.8 degrees Celsius or greater), new or worsening cough, headache, and shortness of breath. Other symptoms of COVID-19 can include sore throat, difficulty swallowing, changes to sense of taste and/or smell, nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, runny nose, and/or nasal congestion.

Dr. Natalie Bocking, Medical Officer of Health for the HKPR District Health Unit, says the risk of transmission is still considered low so it is not necessary for patrons who visited the restaurant at that time to self-isolate, only to monitor their health for symptoms for the next 14 days. This notice only applies to individuals who dined inside the restaurant and does not apply to people who picked up takeout orders.

“While there are currently no cases among guests, we are erring on the side of caution and asking people who may have dined in the restaurant to monitor themselves for symptoms,” says Dr. Bocking.

The Health Unit declared an outbreak at the restaurant on April 7 and there are currently six cases associated with the outbreak. The restaurant owner has been working closely with the Health Unit to identify potential high-risk contacts and help stop any further spread of the virus. The restaurant did maintain a list of patrons as is required, but given the number of patrons, and the capacity of the Health Unit, it is not possible to personally contact all patrons to ask them to self-monitor, Dr. Bocking says. The restaurant owner has voluntarily closed the restaurant until April 20 and has been providing the information required to the Health Unit to conduct its contact tracing and case investigation work.

“Unfortunately, this is just one outbreak the Health Unit is working on currently, and so our capacity to reach out to a high number of potential contacts is limited,” Dr. Bocking says. “We need people to continue to do what they can to prevent any further spread.”

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, Dr. Bocking is reminding people to:

  • Stay home if you are ill (even if you think it may just be allergies);
  • Stay home unless you need to leave home for an essential reason (groceries, medical appointments, work);
  • Do not have indoor gatherings with anyone other than people you live with;
  • Wear a mask (indoors and outdoors) when you cannot stay six feet from other people;
  • Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently;
  • Get vaccinated as soon as you are eligible: www.ontario.ca/bookvaccine or 1-888-999-6488.

Booking A Vaccination Appointment

Eligible individuals can book their appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine appointment through the provincial booking system.

Update – Please note the following:
  • Only eligible residents should contact the provincial booking system. All other individuals are asked to wait until they are eligible for a vaccination appointment.
  • Are you eligible for vaccination? Click here to find out.
  • If you are eligible, please follow the directions on how to book an appointment. The Health Unit is NOT booking vaccination appointments.
  • The Health Unit continues to add clinic appointments to the provincial booking system once vaccine deliveries have been confirmed. Please continue to check the booking site as more clinic locations and dates are being added regularly.

Are you eligible to book a vaccination appointment? Visit How to book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment

Online booking:

Eligible individuals can visit Ontario.ca/bookvaccine.

When booking an appointment, individuals will be asked for information from their green Ontario health card, birth date, postal code and email address and/or phone number. At the time of booking, eligible individuals will schedule their first and second vaccination appointments.

Phone information line:

If eligible individuals have questions about the vaccine or do not have a computer or access to a computer to book an appointment, they can call 1-888-999-6488. The phone information line will be open Monday to Sunday – 8 am to 8pm

Quick Tips:
  • To book an appointment, individuals will need to have a green photo health (OHIP) card as both numbers on the front and back of the card are required. Expired cards will be accepted.
  • Individuals without a health card will be referred to their public health unit for identity validation.
Frequently Asked Questions

How will someone book if they have an old red & white health card? The provincial booking tool requires the green photo health (OHIP) card as a form of authentication when booking. Both the numbers on the front and back of the card are required. Individuals who have a red and white health card will need to call the provincial call centre at 1-888-999-6488 to book an appointment.

If you do not have a health card, you will be directed to your local public health unit to validate your identity.

How will someone book if they do not have a health card? You do not need an Ontario health card to receive the vaccine.

Can someone book an appointment if they have an expired health card? You can still use an expired health card to create a vaccination appointment.

Can someone book on my behalf, or can I book on someone’s behalf? Yes, if you require support from someone or if you are supporting someone who is eligible to book an appointment.

Can family members book their appointments together / around the same time? At this time, vaccination appointments are only available for individuals who are eligible under the province’s framework. Click here to find out if you are eligible at this time.

What is the URL for access to the booking tool online? The URL for access to the booking tool online is https://ontario.ca/bookvaccine (English) and https://ontario.ca/rendezvousvaccin (French)

Do I need a confirmation code for my appointment booking? Yes. You will receive a confirmation code when you have successfully booked your appointment. Please bring this code with you to the clinic as required to proceed with your appointment. If you do not have a confirmation code, then please do not go to the clinic event as it means you do not have an appointment. Please instead revisit the online system or call the customer service desk to book your appointment and receive your confirmation code.

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Media Release – MOH Activates Plan

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Medical Officer of Health Activates Emergency Response Plan

The local medical officer of health is echoing today’s announcement by the provincial government to declare an emergency related to COVID-19.

Due to this declaration, the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit’s Medical Officer of Health has activated the agency’s emergency response plan. This activation prompts local municipalities to set up their own emergency operation centres (EOCs) in order to move supports and resources in place for their communities.

“This is an unprecedented but warranted action for a very challenging time,” says Dr. Lynn Noseworthy. “We need to do everything we can to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health of our residents.”

Due to the provincial declaration, the Health Unit is enforcing the actions put forward last night by the Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) for the province, including:

  • The closure of all facilities providing recreational programs;
  • The closure of public libraries;
  • The closure of private schools and licensed child care facilities;
  • The closure of all bars and restaurants, with the exception of restaurants that can shift to takeout/delivery mechanisms;
  • The closure of all churches and faith settings;
  • The closure of all theatres and concert venues

“The health and wellness of our community continues to be our top priority,” says Dr. Noseworthy, “and these steps are crucial to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Residents are encouraged to help protect their health by washing their hands thoroughly and frequently, covering their coughs and sneezes, staying home if they are ill, and practising physical distancing when out in public by staying at least two metres away from others. As well, anyone returning from travel outside of Canada is required to self-isolate for 14 days and monitor themselves for symptoms unless they are an essential service worker, including health care workers.

If you think you have 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has it, visit the Ministry of Health’s website to use the self-assessment tool to help determine if you need to seek further care.

The Health Unit is continuing to work with its health care partners and municipal partners in this response. Residents are encouraged to visit www.hkpr.on.ca for updated information.

Please see the March 16 media release from Chief Medical Officer of Health for Ontario, Dr. David Williams.

Media Release – COVID-19

Monday, March 2, 2020

Local Health Partners Continue to Work Together in Preparation for Potential COVID-19 Cases

Although the risk of becoming ill from COVID-19 continues to be low in Ontario, the local Health Unit and its community health partners are continuing to work together to ensure they are prepared should a case develop locally.

Since COVID-19 was first identified in Ontario, the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit has been working with Northumberland Hills Hospital, Ross Memorial Hospital, Campbellford Memorial Hospital, Haliburton Highlands Health Services and its primary health care partners to ensure all organizations are kept up-to-date on information and changes coming from the Ministry of Health. This includes sharing resources like the evolving case definitions, testing protocols, as well as infection prevention and control guidance and support and updated fact sheets on COVID-19. As well, the Health Unit provides support to the health care partners to ensure active screening protocols are in place and that appropriate health care staff have been fit tested for the proper protective equipment.

“There have been a number of improvements made in the way we prepare for wide-spread illnesses since we experienced SARS,” says Dr. Noseworthy, Medical Officer of Health for the HKPR District Health Unit. “Across the province we have seen improvements in communication about the illness and cases, improved laboratory testing protocols and quicker test results shared with health professionals for the stringent contact follow-up and management involving potential cases. The bottom line is that we are prepared for if, and when, we may see a case locally.”

Dr. Noseworthy says that seasonal respiratory illnesses, including influenza, are still circulating in the community. As well, it is important to remember that most people who have become ill with COVID-19 have experienced just mild symptoms and have recovered fully. The risk of serious illness appears to rise with age and the presence of other complicating factors. People who have died from the virus in other countries have tended to be older and have had multiple health issues that weakened their immune systems and put them at greater risk.

To remain healthy, the Health Unit recommends the following:

  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
  • If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your sleeve or arm.
  • Stay home if you or a family member are ill.
  • Get your flu shot to protect you from the flu.
  • Avoid visiting people in hospitals or long-term care homes if you are sick.

If you are ill and must visit a hospital emergency department, clinic or other healthcare provider, call ahead or tell them right away when you arrive that you have a respiratory illness and wear a mask while waiting to be seen. This allows health care providers to take steps to reduce the potential spread of illness.

Be prepared to identify your travel history and/or potential contact history with COVID-19 so that paramedics and/or the health care provider are appropriately prepared to assist you.

  • Call your local health unit or health care provider if you become sick with a cough and/or fever AND have returned from an affected area in the past 14 days or have had close contact with an ill person who is either under investigation for COVID-19 or is a confirmed case.
  • If you have severe respiratory symptoms, call 911 and explain both your travel history and symptoms to arrange swift and safe transport.


For more information on COVID-19, call the Health Unit at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 5020, or visit www.hkpr.on.ca. After hours, people can call Telehealth Ontario for medical advice toll-free at 1-866-797-0000. People are also encouraged to continue to rely on credible sources of information about COVID-19, including daily updates at:

Guidance for Travellers

Residents are advised to monitor and follow Canadian Travel Advisories as well as alerts and advisories in the travel destination and act accordingly. Specific requirements are in place in Ontario for those with travel to some affected areas to support rapid identification and case management. For guidance on self-isolation, self-monitoring and reporting of symptoms after travel to an affected area, please consult the travel health advice from the Public Health Agency of Canada website.

Consult your health care provider as soon as possible if you have concerns about your symptoms or have a travel history to a region where COVID-19 is occurring or if you have had close contact with an ill person who is either under investigation for COVID-19 or is a confirmed case.

Additional Quotes:

“At HHHS we are continuing to work in close partnership with our local primary care providers and the Public Health Unit, and we are taking the necessary steps to ensure our staff and physicians can continue to safely meet the health needs of our patients, residents, clients, and the community.” – Carolyn Plummer, President and CEO, Haliburton, Highlands Health Services.

“The Haliburton Family Medical Centre and the Haliburton Highlands Family Health Team continue to work closely with community health care partners. Protocols for screening and testing are in place to protect our patients, physicians, and all staff. “ – Kim Robinson, Executive Director, HHFHT, and Office Manager, HFMC.

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