The provincial government recently announced that they are expanding eligibility for fourth doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.  

Fourth doses are now available for individuals aged 60 and over, as well as First Nation, Inuit and Metis individuals and their household members over 18.  

Kenora MP Eric Melillo was recently on the Q Morning show, he expressed his thoughts on the increased eligibility, “It's great to see more doses becoming available!”  

“I want to take the opportunity, once again, to urge everyone to go and get their [vaccine] if they have not yet, whether it’s a booster or if you haven't got your first shot yet, it is an important tool to get us through COVID-19.” 

Ontario says booster doses are being offered to these individuals at a recommended interval of five months after receiving their last booster, or about December 2021. 

Melillo shared his thoughts on Canada’s efforts to help developing nations when it comes to vaccine supply, “The reality is, the pandemic won't be over here until it is over everywhere. Many nations right now, particularly in developing nations, haven't had access to even a first dose.” 

He continued “With the extra doses that we do have here in Canada, I think we should be doing much more to provide as many of those to as many possible nations in need.” 

“Right now, I believe that’s how we’re going to be able to put an end to this pandemic. I am going to continue advocating for a federal strategy in that regard,” concluded Melillo 

Eligible individuals are now able to book their fourth dose appointment through the COVID-19 vaccination portal, by calling the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900, through the Northwestern Health Unit, participating pharmacies and participating primary care settings.