Adults 65 and older now eligible for vaccination in Elgin, Oxford region

Adults 65 and older, it's your turn to get your COVID-19 vaccine in the Southwestern public health region.

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Adults 65 and older, it’s your turn to get your COVID-19 vaccine in the Southwestern public health region.

The health unit announced Tuesday it was expanding eligibility to adults 65 and older  – born in 1956 or before – just days after eligibility was expanded to adults 70 and older.

“The inclusion of pharmacy is an important step to expanding our local vaccination efforts and reach more people,” said Dr. Joyce Lock, medical officer of health for the region.

Appointment bookings can be made online at covidvaccinelm.ca. Phone bookings are available, though not recommended given the high call volume. If you cannot book an appointment online, call 226-289-3560. You must have an appointment in order to receive a vaccine.

Southwestern public health last week launched a COVID-19 vaccine help list for seniors having trouble booking a vaccination appointment. After registering with the list, a health unit staff member will call and offer residents a slot, typically an end-of-day or missed appointment. Initially open to seniors 80 and over, the health unit expanded the list Tuesday to those 75 and older. Residents can find the help list at swpublichealth.ca.

Vaccinations have also started in local pharmacies, with five pharmacies in St. Thomas, Ingersoll and Woodstock administering the AstraZeneca vaccine to people 55 and older. Find more information and booking details at covid-19.ontario.ca.

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