The Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) is removing barriers and improving access to COVID-19 vaccinations with the announcement that walk-ins will be welcome in all of its vaccination clinics from January 31.
MLHU announced Monday that walk-ins will now be accepted at any of its immunization clinics: Western Fair District Agriplex, Caradoc Community Centre, Earl Nichols Arena or any Community Hub COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic. Previously, walk-ins were only accepted at Earl Nichols.
Appointments can still be booked for those who prefer a fixed time.
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“More than 83 percent of London and Middlesex County residents over the age of five have received at least two doses of vaccine, but we know there are others who are not yet fully protected,” says Dr. Alex Summers, Deputy Medical Officer Health with the Middlesex-London Health Unit.
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“So we’re doing our best to make it easy for those people to get their vaccine as soon as they’re eligible, whether it’s a first, second or booster dose.”
Walk-ins are allowed in the clinics for people aged five and over, and the eligibility requirements mean those people can get their first or second dose at the recommended eight-week interval, while those aged 18 and over are eligible for a booster shot three months later second dose.
According to the health unit, 96.5 per cent of youth aged 12 to 17 in London and Middlesex County have received a first dose, while that figure is just 56.1 per cent for those aged 5 to 11.
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“One of our most important goals is to get more parents to choose to vaccinate their children under the age of 12. it’s just the best way to protect someone from COVID-19,” Summers said.
Anyone who would like to book an appointment at the clinic can still do so via the MLHU’s online booking portal.
A telephone booking option is available at 226-289-3560 which is staffed 7 days a week from 9am to 5pm.
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