Vaccine eligibility expands on Thursday, what you need to know in advance if you are eligible – fr

Vaccine eligibility expands on Thursday, what you need to know in advance if you are eligible – fr

LONDON, ONT. – Starting at 8 a.m. Thursday, eligible essential workers over the age of 50 can reserve their first dose of COVID-19, as part of group one of phase two of the vaccine rollout.

Essential workers who cannot work from home will be able to make an appointment for a vaccine at one of three mass clinics in London-Middlesex.

Wayne Bryce, a person eligible for phase one, received his first dose Wednesday night at the Agriplex.

‘(feels) Alright, alright, I’m just doing my part. I’ve never had a smoke before, but thought it best to take this one.

The Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) has lowered the vaccine-eligible age from 55 to 50, effective Thursday.

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.
  • Primary and secondary school personnel (including educators, guards, school bus drivers, administrative staff) Workers responding to critical events (including police, firefighters, special constables, security workers children’s aid society, 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)
  • Persons working in the field of 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 skills development programs.
  • Licensed home child care and home care providers, home child care agency employees and internship students
  • Staff of foster care agencies (including regular caregivers)
  • Food manufacturing and distribution workers
  • Farmers and farm workers
  • Funeral workers, crematoria and cemeteries

Food manufacturing and distribution includes all of the major food factories in the region.

MLHU medical officer of health, Dr Alex Summers, said it was added to the list after large outbreaks were reported in food establishments across Canada and Ontario.

“Large outbreaks have been observed in the food industry due to the proximity of people’s work and the large number of people in these workplaces.”

In east London, Cargill’s poultry processing plant had more than 100 employees who tested positive at its peak.

Summers adds that front-line retail workers, in places like grocery stores or restaurants, are not included in group one, but are part of group two.

“We expect the second group to be eligible over the next week or two.”

When it comes to proving the eligibility of essential workers, Dr Alex Summers says the responsibility currently lies with employers in all employment sectors.

“We have asked employers to pre-register their organization… Tomorrow, for groups that have pre-registered, we will send the eligibility reservation information to employers who can send it to their workers.”

Summers says the reservation system is ready, but adds people may need to be patient as the site currently books up to four weeks.

Wei Liu said it took her a few weeks to get the vaccine after booking. “I booked May 3 or 2, I think.”

Wayne Bryce said it only took him 24 hours because he booked his appointment the night before he received his first dose.

Summers says those who have pre-registered should receive their reservation information by email tonight

He adds that as more occupants become eligible, the health unit will transition to an honor system with the province in the near future.


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