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COVID-19 Vaccine Information Update For Week of March 8

Posted On: Tuesday, March 9, 2021

The COVID-19 vaccine roll out continues. The Grey Bruce Health Unit wants to assure those 80+ who do not have a family physician or whose physician is outside Grey Bruce, they will be able to book an appointment at a local clinic as soon as the provincial booking website and booking phone line, both being piloted by the Grey Bruce Health Unit, are operational on March 15.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information Update For Week of March 8

For week of March 8, Weekly Vaccine Schedule - March 8 will focus on Community Health Care Workers in Highest/Very High Categories; Clients over 80; Clinics within First Nation Communities; SOAHAC clinics for First Nation Clients not living in First Nation Communities.

To book appointments for those 80 years old and older:

·Your healthcare provider will call you if you are over 80 and eligible to receive the vaccine. You cannot book an appointment by calling your healthcare provider – they will call you.

·We are working with the organizations providing home care to obtain their client lists. You cannot book an appointment by calling these agencies – Public Health will call you.

·For those 80+ years without a family physician and those with a physician outside Grey Bruce, 1-800 number for booking and a provincial online booking system will be made available March 15, 2021

Those not in this age group, including those with health conditions, are directed to use the provincial booking system following March 15, 2021, based on your order in the provincial framework.

Clinics and other venues where the vaccine will be administered are being developed in venues across the two counties. No appointments are currently available – you will be contacted directly to book your appointment in the coming days/week. Appointments are not available by calling or contacting the Health Unit at this time. Clinic will be available to residents in Grey Bruce as close to their communities as possible.

Ontario’s Phase 2 vaccination rollout is expected to begin in April 2021, depending on vaccine availability. The target populations in Phase 2 are based on age and risk. Vaccines will be offered to the following groups:

·Adults aged 60-79, beginning with those 75 years of age and older, and decreasing in five-year increments over the course of the vaccine rollout

·People who live and/or work in high-risk congregate settings (e.g. shelters, community living) as well as some primary caregivers

·Individuals with high-risk chronic health conditions and some primary caregivers of those with highest risk health conditions

·People who live in hot spots with high rates of death, hospitalizations and transmission of infection

·Certain workers who cannot work from home, including but not limited to first responders, education workers and those in the food processing industry

The Grey Bruce Health Unit staff will provide the clinics with the supply of vaccine, the registration of all patients and receipts for proof of vaccine.

Be reassured that all eligible persons will be reached through mainstream media, social media, media releases, and various partnering communication networks. Continue to watch local media for updates as the vaccine rolls out to different priority populations.

To stay up to date, please continue to visits the Public Health Unit’s website at:

COVID-19 Vaccines (publichealthgreybruce.on.ca)

For More Information:

Dr. Ian Arra, MD MSc FRCPC ACPM ABPM

Medical Officer of Health and Chief Executive Officer

To arrange to speak with Dr. Arra, please contact Drew Ferguson at:

519-376-9420 or 1-800-263-3456 ext. 1269 or d.ferguson@publichealthgreybruce.on.ca

 

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