COVID-19: Elgin-Oxford, London-Middlesex, Elgin-Oxford vaccination eligibility extends to these over 65 in London


More age groups can now get the COVID-19 vaccine in the London area, local health officials have announced.

Starting Tuesday, people 65 and over and people who will turn 65 this year will be able to schedule an appointment for a vaccine at a mass vaccination clinic in London-Middlesex and Elgin-Oxford.

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In a statement, the Middlesex-London Health Unit and Southwestern Public Health said the move was due to several factors, including heavy vaccine intake, increased dose supplies and recent news that the province’s vaccine project would be expanding to local pharmacies.

The news comes approximately one week after eligibility is extended to people ages 70 to 74 and two weeks after eligibility is extended to people ages 75 to 79.

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In a tweet on Tuesday morning, Dr. Chris Mackie, the region’s health officer, said that those 60 to 64 people would be eligible to be vaccinated “as soon as possible, probably within a week.”

In a separate announcement, the province said Tuesday that Elgin County’s N5H postcode was among the dozen of postcodes in 13 public health units that would see vaccine allocation increases as they are considered provincial hotspots.

The province said people 50 and older living in the zip codes listed – the only one in the London area, N5H, based in Aylmer, Ontario – could receive vaccines in the coming weeks.

Vaccine appointments for people aged 65 to 69 in #ldnont and Middlesex are now open at – expected to be postponed to 60+ within a week.

– Dr. Chris Mackie (@Healthmac) April 6, 2021

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Eligible residents are asked to visit the area vaccine booking website or call 226-289-3560 to schedule an appointment. Online appointments are recommended due to the high volume of calls.

Further information on eligibility can be found on the MLHU website.

Health unit data shows that around 95,000 vaccines have been administered locally to date, an average of between 2,000 and 2,200 shots per day.

The region has recorded at least 515 cases since April 1, which is about half of all of March.

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The 7-day rolling case average for London-Middlesex was 100 on Tuesday, down from 51 in the previous seven days.

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During the scheduled MLHU media briefing on Tuesday, Mackie said about 11,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine would arrive on site in mid-April and another 8,000 in late April, but noted that the amount is still insufficient to supply the area’s three vaccination clinics operate full capacity.

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Late last month, Mackie described the local vaccination strategy as “earn and burn”, where the health unit distributes the vaccine quickly or faster than it arrives.

Vaccine supply restrictions have also further delayed plans to open a fourth mass vaccination clinic in London-Middlesex.

“It’s predictable, it’s not perfectly stable,” Mackie said of planned vaccine shipments.

“The number of Pfizer doses that we will receive in the next few weeks actually drops slightly from around 13,000 to 11,000. But we get more Moderna doses during this time than we lose in Pfizer doses. “

Mackie said he was not concerned about the province diverting doses from regions of low and medium activity to areas considered hot spots, noting that the province has already done so.

“The 13,000-11,000 are primarily intended to give the province a more central strategic reserve so that it can be relocated to places where it is needed,” he said.

“When we vaccinate people in Toronto, it helps protect the people here. If we can end the pandemic there, this will make a huge difference. We’re all connected in so many ways that I don’t see that as a concern. “

During the briefing, London Mayor Ed Holder noted that he had reached out to Premier Doug Ford to provide additional AstraZeneca vaccines in local pharmacies as part of the province’s ongoing pilot.

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“To date we only have two pharmacies in London that offer AstraZeneca. Guelph has twice as many, ”he said, adding that Hamilton has 10 participating pharmacies and Waterloo Region has 18.

“Given our size, the fact that we only have two is unacceptable. I hope we get some positive news on this front in the coming days. “

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There has been increasing demand in the province to prioritize and vaccinate more key frontline workers, such as: B. Educational workers and workers in factories and warehouses as cases rise and younger people become infected and hospitalized.

Mackie said he wished there were more vaccines to immunize everyone but compared the current situation to “robbing Peter to pay Paul”.

“Peter experiences 97 percent of all deaths in Ontario. Ninety-seven percent of Ontario deaths are attributable to people over the age of 60, “Mackie said.

“The main goal of any pandemic response is to prevent death. We should turn to those who are at the greatest risk of death or who care for them. This is exactly what the campaign is doing right now.

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“These decisions are made at the provincial level, we cannot change them at the local level, but we support them because we focus on deaths.”

Further information on the local vaccination campaign can be found on the MLHU website.

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