2 extra COVID-19 vaccination clinics introduced for London, Ont. – London

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The Middlesex-London Health Unit announces the locations of two additional COVID-19 vaccination clinics in London, Ontario.

The locations will be the third and fourth in the region. A clinic in London’s Western Fair District Agriplex has been operational since late December, and a clinic in the Caradoc Community Center in Mount Brydges is due to open on Thursday.

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According to the health unit, work is already underway to put the North London Optimist Community Center on Cheapside Street near Highbury Avenue North and Ice Pad A in the Earl Nichols Recreation Center near Southdale Road East and Wharncliffe Road South in clinics to convert.

Both the community center and the ice rink are closed for work. The health unit says the clinics are not expected to be open to the public for “several weeks” but are believed to be used in support of the launch of Phase 2 of the provincial COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan.

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Once open, they are expected to remain in use until at least fall.

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“These facilities will allow us to expand the COVID-19 vaccination effort in our community as soon as vaccines become available again,” says Dr. Chris Mackie, MLHU Medical Health Officer.

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“These locations will offer more flexibility and choice once we are able to increase the daily delivery of COVID-19 vaccines and increase the number of people who can be vaccinated according to the province’s prioritization framework.”

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The MLHU also says it has “worked closely with the City of London” to ensure that the sites meet all health, safety and security requirements.

“We are committed to supporting our health partners and our community by making sure we have facilities when needed and can use them when the time comes for vaccine delivery to move into the broader phases of the community “said Mayor Ed Holder.

The Health Unit adds that vaccine suitability will be reviewed weekly by the Vaccine Prioritization Advisory Committee based on regional supply and provincial instructions. The health unit also says it will provide regular updates on the eligibility criteria and that vaccine information will be available on their website.

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Most recently, local health officials announced expanded criteria on Tuesday following updated provincial guidelines and a new delivery of vaccines.

In a joint statement, the Middlesex-London Health Unit, along with Huron Perth Public Health and Southwestern Public Health, announced that the first vaccine doses for other priority groups under Phase 1 of the provincial plan would begin soon.

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