The Middlesex-London Health Unit and Southwestern Public Health are expanding eligibility for COVID-19 vaccines to those aged 70 and over, one week after access was expanded to those aged 75 and over.
The MLHU and SWPH issued a joint announcement Monday morning, adding that the expanded eligibility will take effect immediately.
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According to the health units, provincial data shows that by Saturday more than 75 percent of Ontarians aged 80 and over and around a third of 75 to 79 year olds had received their first dose.
“Our priority was to get the vaccine in our arms as soon as possible,” said Dr. Chris Mackie, MLHU medical health officer, in a statement.
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“As more people over 75 have received their first dose, it is time to invite those between the ages of 70 and 74 to make their appointments.”
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Mackie adds that “the demand for vaccine appointments will be high”, encouraging people to book online and check back every morning if they are unable to book an appointment right away.
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The SWPH health officer, Dr. Jocye Lock, adds that “Our older adults are most susceptible to serious illness and hospitalization because of COVID-19.”
“As cases emerge, including cases of affected variants, it is important that we expand access to all those over 70,” she says.
According to the Health Units, residents born in 1951 or earlier are encouraged to make an appointment online or by calling 226-289-3560.
However, telephone bookings are “not recommended due to the very high volume of calls that makes it difficult to get through”.
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