May 18, 2021 4:40 p.m.
Chatham-Kent residents 12 and older can start booking and pre-registering for a COVID-19 vaccine appointment on Tuesday.
Chatham-Kent Public Health has announced that anyone 18 years of age and over can reserve their spot at all upcoming clinics offering Pfizer and Moderna vaccines starting May 18, 2021 at 8 a.m. Young people aged 12 to 17 and their families will also be able to start. appointment on Tuesday morning for clinics from June 14th.
The health unit will offer family-friendly clinics during the weeks of June 14 and 21 with the Pfizer vaccine, the only COVID-19 vaccine currently approved for people aged 12 to 17.
“We are happy that so many people in Chatham-Kent are choosing to be vaccinated. Even though people can wait a few weeks for their appointment, high demand is a good thing because it means better protection of our community in the long term, ”said Chatham-Kent Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Colby.
Public health officials said specialist family clinic days are scheduled at the Bradley Center clinic for June 12-17 on June 19, 20, 26 and 27 using the Pfizer vaccine. They provided an update on Tuesday morning, saying residents between the ages of 12 and 17 who want to reserve a spot for those family clinic days will have to wait a bit longer to reserve a spot online.
They added that young people aged 12 to 17 can now book any appointment available at the Pfizer clinic on Tuesday if they qualify as a high-risk phase 1 population (health condition or living in a living environment. collective) or as a phase 2 essential worker.
Jeff Moco of Chatham-Kent Public Health Communications said there was increased demand for COVID-19 vaccine appointments in Chatham-Kent because the province recently allowed more groups to be vaccinated.
Appointments can be booked at GetYourShotCK.ca or by calling 519-351-1010 and leaving a message.
“Although some family members may already be eligible for vaccination, we hope that the convenience of planning a trip to the clinic will encourage families to book their appointments in the near future,” said Teresa Bendo, director of Chatham-Kent Public Health.
Public health officials ask for patience as they continue to book vaccination appointments in June. They have added additional clinic dates and mobile clinics will be announced in the coming weeks to serve those eligible for the first and second doses.
On Tuesday afternoon, the health unit announced that pre-registrations were open for 12 to 17 year olds to help set up clinics for them. Click here for the pre-registration form. Public health officials request one form per household. A message can also be left at 519-351-1010, but people are asked to pre-register using only one method. Chatham-Kent Public Health will be contacting people over the next few days with an appointment time.
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