Southwestern Public Health has updated the eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine to include those age 16+ with the following high risk health conditions:
Other treatments causing immunosuppression (e.g., chemotherapy, immunity weakening medications)
People with intellectual or developmental disabilities (e.g., Down Syndrome)
In addition, one primary essential caregiver for an individual with an eligible high risk health condition is now also eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
Written documentation or proof of an eligible health condition is not required from a health care provider. Self-attestation is accepted.
Primary essential caregivers are individuals who provide regular and sustained assistance with personal care and/or activities of daily living. For clarity, if the individual with the eligible health condition cannot receive the vaccine (e.g. under the age of 16), the primary essential caregiver is still eligible.
For more information visit: COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility - Southwestern Public Health (swpublichealth.ca)