COVID-19 vaccinations open to over 50s and many essential workers Thursday: MLHU – fr

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COVID-19 vaccinations open to over 50s and many essential workers Thursday: MLHU – fr


LONDON, ONT. – A large cohort of essential workers and older adults will be able to book COVID-19 vaccination appointments starting Thursday.

Future eligible candidates will have the opportunity to make vaccination appointments at one of three mass vaccination clinics in London and Middlesex County.

“In accordance with provincial decisions, we will open Thursday with the rest of the province two very large groups,” said Dr Chris Mackie, Middlesex-London medical officer of health at a press briefing.

The MLHU will lower the age of vaccine eligibility from 55 to 50.

He will also begin to make appointments for the first group of essential workers in phase two of the provincial vaccination plan.

This group includes:

  • Education staff directly support students with complex special educational needs.
  • Elementary / secondary school staff (including educators, babysitters, school bus drivers, administrative staff)
  • Workers responding to critical events (including police, firefighters, special constables, children’s aid society workers, emergency management, critical infrastructure restoration workers)
  • Enforcement, inspection and compliance roles (including enforcement, home inspectors, food inspectors, animal welfare inspectors, border inspection officers, government inspectors, WSIB field workers / workers)
  • People working in childcare as follows:
  • All licensees, employees and students on educational placements who interact directly with children in licensed day care centers and licensed recreation and skill-building programs.
  • Licensed home child care and home care providers, home child care agency employees, and school placement students • Foster care agency workers (including regular caregivers)
  • Food manufacturing and distribution workers • Agricultural and agricultural workers
  • Funeral workers, crematoria and cemeteries

Dr Mackie admits that the large number of people who will soon become eligible for vaccination could test the local appointment booking system.

“The volume of reservations as of this date Thursday, is likely to lead to various forms of frustration on the part of people having difficulty browsing the website or problems with their browser or whatever,” he admits.

The capacity for reservations by phone remains limited, so Dr. Mackie encourages people to use the system online.

The Health Unit will have its IT team on standby Thursday morning in the event of a problem.

Dr Mackie insists those who currently qualify for the shot should book before the expected wave of bookings begins on Thursday.

“I want to ask everyone who is currently eligible, everyone in the high risk category, everyone aged 55 and over and anyone else who is eligible to make an appointment as soon as possible. ”

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