The local health unit started offering third or booster COVID-19 vaccines last week. 

Any eligible resident can now get the extra dose by simply showing their proof of eligibility, according to a release sent Friday.

Currently, three main groups are eligible for the additional vaccine, that’s organ or stem cell transplant recipients, those receiving treatment with an anti-CD20 agent commonly used for conditions such as multiple sclerosis, leukemias or lymphoma and anyone receiving active treatments for blood or bone marrow cancers. 

These individuals can get a third dose from their treating specialist, family physicians, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, or may be referred to a pharmacy or vaccine clinic to be given the vaccine with a form from their health care provider.

In addition, third doses are also available for residents of long-term care homes, retirement homes and First Nations Elder Care Lodges.

The third shot of the vaccine can’t be given sooner than eight weeks, that 56 days, following the second dose