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The Middlesex-London Health Unit has added new groups to its list of COVID-19 vaccines and is hoping to expand bookings to more people within the next week.
Obese people, adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities, and patients undergoing treatment that affects their immune systems, such as: B. chemotherapy, can now book appointments in vaccination clinics, so the health unit.
“The new privilege opens up bookings to a pretty large group when you look at the people with health problems and their caregivers. Anyone with one of the high-risk health diseases can have a nurse vaccinated, ”said health officer Dr. Chris Mackie on Thursday.
Obese people seeking a COVID-19 shot must have a body mass index of 40 or greater, but proof of the conditions is not required, the health unit said.
People with high-risk diseases who need regular care or help with daily tasks can also get vaccinated by a key caregiver.
COVID-19 recordings in vaccination centers are currently available to people aged 60 and over, people with chronic illnesses and selected adults who cannot work from home.
The province’s Phase 2 plan divides health statuses into three groups: Highest Risk, High Risk, and Vulnerable.
In the London area, those at risk, which include pregnancy, asthma, diabetes and heart disease, will come next.
The health unit is currently reviewing how it will manage the risk group, Mackie said.
“It’s not clear if we can move on to all of the endangered conditions from next week or if we need to do a subset,” he said. “What we don’t want is for all people to come into question at once and most of them to be frustrated that they can’t find an appointment.
“We have to have our ducks lined up to open up to such a large group.”
The three vaccination clinics in London and Middlesex Counties have fired 18,370 shots in the past seven days, Mackie said Thursday.
The health unit will struggle with a 25 percent reduction in Pfizer BioNTech doses starting next week as the province redirects gunfire to heavily affected areas. However, Mackie is confident that the decline will be short-lived.
“We were also told that there will be more Pfizer vaccines across the province. How that will be distributed is still under study and I know the province is working on a data-driven, evidence-based method for allocating additional vaccines, ”he said.
“We hope that these deliveries will increase again in the first week of May.”
The health unit reported 100 new COVID-19 cases and no deaths on Thursday.
Make an appointment
By phone: 226-289-3560 from 8 a.m. to 5.30 p.m., seven days a week
Eligibility to participate: People aged 60 and over (born in 1961 or earlier), indigenous people aged 16 and over, selected target groups, people with specific chronic diseases and health care workers.
Clinics in the London area::
- Western Fair District Agriplex, 845 Florence St., London
- North London Optimist Community Center, 1345 Cheapside St.
- Caradoc Community Center, 565 Lions Park Dr., Mt. Brydges