People who cannot make it to a doctor’s office or clinic will receive COVID-19 vaccination starting next week

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Theresa Marentette, CEO of Windsor-Essex County Health Unit, speaks during a virtual press conference on Thursday, April 15, 2021.


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People who suffer from chronic health conditions, receive regular home care and cannot make it to a doctor’s office or clinic will receive COVID-19 vaccinations starting Monday.

Two teams of nurse practitioners will visit people’s homes to administer vaccines, Windsor Essex County Health Unit CEO Theresa Marentette told the organization’s board on Thursday.

Teams will immunize those registered for home care through the Erie St. Clair Local Health Integration Network.

However, there is still no plan to reach people who cannot make it to the doctor’s office or clinic but are not registered for home care.

They want us not to refuse anyone to come to our area

“I don’t think they are a priority in any way,” Medical Officer of Health Dr Wajid Ahmed told the board. “We hope that with the arrival of more primary care providers, they should be able to reach all of these people.”

The LHIN estimates that about 100 people receive home care who cannot make it to a doctor’s office or clinic, but Marentette estimates the number to be close to 300. More than 130 live in neighborhoods with postal codes that have been identified as hot spots. They will be vaccinated first, Marentette said.

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Medical Officer of Health Dr Wajid Ahmed speaks at the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit virtual press conference on Thursday, April 15, 2021. Photo by Via WECHU /Windsor Star

Everyone will be reached and will offer a vaccine, she said.

“We are trying to do this in the next few weeks,” she said.

The health unit will continue to vaccinate only people aged 50 and over in hot spot zip codes, as reported by the province, Ahmed said. A Toronto Hot Spot Postal Code Pilot Program is open to anyone 18 years of age and older.

“Our plan is to continue to immunize as much as we have the supply and as long as there is demand to best cover the population 50 and over,” he said.

The region needs to use its limited vaccine supply wisely, he said. We are now in the second phase of the vaccine rollout in Ontario, and there are other groups in the rest of the region who have also been identified as priorities, including essential frontline workers who cannot work at home. home.

If the health unit lowers the eligible age here, he also warned, “we’re opening up again to people who might come to our area just to get vaccinated because in their area they don’t qualify.” . “

Theresa Marentette, CEO of Windsor-Essex County Health Unit, speaks during a virtual press conference on Thursday, April 15, 2021. Via the WECHU

Board member Rino Bortolin asked if the health unit could “discourage” so-called vaccinated tourists or “divert” them to their own areas.

The answer is no. The provincial immunization reservation system allows people to reserve vaccines wherever they want, Ahmed said.

“Provincial leadership is clear,” he said. “They want us not to refuse anyone who comes to our region.”

But, he said, “some of the health units that have their own reservation system, without going out publicly, don’t book anyone who is outside their region.”

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More than 6,000 people who do not live in Windsor or Essex County have been vaccinated here.

The health unit has also started work on a second dose reservation system from the end of June for those who have already received their first dose.

More than 25 percent of the region’s population, more than 21 percent in postal codes of hot spots, have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

But Ahmed here called the growing number of cases of the more contagious and virulent virulent variants a “significant threat to our community.”

About 40 to 50 percent of new cases are variant infections.

“This is something that could lead to easy spread of the disease in the community,” he said.

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