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COVID-19 Vaccinations Available to All Residents over the Age of 6 Months

The XBB.1.5 COVID-19 vaccine will be administered at all clinical appointments.

PORT HOPE, ON (October 30, 2023) – Starting today, the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit (HKPR District Health Unit) would like to advise residents that the XBB.1.5 COVID-19 vaccine is now available to all residents six months of age and older. Previously the vaccine was only available to those at high risk or 65 years of age and older.

The XBB.1.5 COVID-19 vaccine is recommended as it provides better protection against newer Omicron XBB variants as announced in the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 Vaccine Guidance.

“The XBB.1.5 COVID-19 vaccine is recommended for residents over the age of six months and provides better protection against newer Omicron XBB variants,” said Dr. Natalie Bocking, Medical Officer of Health, and Chief Executive Officer for the HKPR District Health Unit. “We have confirmed that influenza has arrived, and that COVID-19 and RSV will continue to circulate in the fall and winter. Please reduce the risk of spreading illness especially to those who are elderly, immunocompromised or are susceptible to harm from respiratory illnesses.”

The Novavax XBB COVID-19 vaccines are still awaiting approval from Health Canada and are not available currently.

Preventative measures to reduce the risk of spreading illness are encouraged, including washing hands often, covering mouths when coughing or sneezing, cleaning surfaces frequently and shared items regularly. If you’re sick stay at home.

How to Book an Appointment
Appointments can be booked through the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre online or by calling 1-833-943-3900 or
1-855-797-0007 for those who are deaf, hearing or speech impaired. You can also access COVID-19 vaccine doses through your health care provider and select pharmacies. Find a full list of pharmacies here.

More Information
For more information about the COVID-19 vaccine including eligibility and clinic availability please visit our Immunization Clinics webpage or call us at 1-866-888-4577.

View the HKPR District Health Unit’s Respiratory Infection Dashboard.


Media Contacts
Ashley Beaulac, Manager of Communication Services, HKPR District Health Unit, 1-866-888-4577 ext. 1212, or Marianne Rock, Manager of Communicable Disease and Prevention Control, HKPR District Health Unit,, 1-866-888-4577, ext. 1486.


About the Haliburton, Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit
The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit provides important public health programs and services to residents in Northumberland County, Haliburton County, and the City of Kawartha Lakes. Our dedicated team of public health professionals, led by our Medical Officer of Health, promote healthy living, protect against disease, and prevent illness and injury. We work with health care providers and community partners to address emerging health issues, service gaps and social inequities to support residents in being well and reaching their full potential. Our values of trust, engagement, accountability, and leadership guide what we do every day. Learn more at

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