Jan 14, 2022
By Jane Brown
Immunocompromised individuals in Ontario may book an appointment for a fourth dose of COVID-19 vaccine as of 8am, Friday January 14th by clicking here.
Chief Medical Officer Dr. Kieran Moore made the announcement during Thursday’s briefing and said that immunocompromised Ontarians will be able to book a four dose, as long as they are 84 days out from their third dose.
The move to begin a fourth dose roll out for the immunocompromised comes after doing the same for residents of long term care homes and other congregate care settings.
“It’s estimated that only 64 per cent of eligible organ transplant recipients have received even their third dose. So whether it’s your third or your fourth dose, those who are immunocompromised are strongly encouraged to make an appointment and benefit from the protection the vaccine provides,” Moore explained.
These are the people that fall under the category of immunocompromised, according to the Ministry of Health:
A transplant recipient (including solid organ transplant and hematopoietic stem cell transplants)
Those receiving stable, active treatment (chemotherapy, targeted therapies, immunotherapy) for a malignant hematologic disorder or solid tumor
People in receipt of chimeric antigen receptor (CAR)-T-cell
An individual with moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (for example, DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
Those with stage 3 or advanced untreated HIV infection and those with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome
People undergoing active treatment with the following categories of immunosuppressive therapies: anti-B cell therapies (monoclonal antibodies targeting CD19, CD20 and CD22), high-dose systemic corticosteroids, alkylating agents, antimetabolites, or tumor-necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors and other biologic agents that are significantly immunosuppressive or are taking specific immunosuppressant medications
Ontarians who arereceiving dialysis (hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis)