Five Elgin, Oxford pharmacies to administer COVID-19 vaccines

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Five pharmacies in the Southwestern public health region have been tapped by the province to receive and administer doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, the province announced Thursday.

The five locations in Elgin and Oxford County include two in St. Thomas and Ingersoll, and one in Woodstock.

The locations are: Shoppers Drug Mart at 959 Dundas Street, Woodstock; Shoppers Drug Mart at 107 Edward Street St. Thomas; Yurek Pharmacy at 519 Talbot Street, St. Thomas; Ingersoll Pharmasave at 19 King Street, Ingersoll; and Ingersoll Remedy’sRx at 273 King Street West, Ingersoll.

Residents will need an appointment in advance to receive the vaccine at a pharmacy. Residents can book an appointment online through each pharmacy’s website, or by calling. A complete list go pharmacies offering the vaccine and information on how to contact them for an appointment is available at ontario.ca/pharmacycovidvaccine.

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With the rollout of the vaccine to more pharmacies, anyone 55 and older (or turning 55 in 2021) is now eligible to receive their vaccine in a pharmacy as of April 3.

The province announced Thursday that an additional 380 pharmacies would now be carrying the AstraZenenca vaccine and offer the shot to people 55 and older, in keeping with the latest guidance from the National Advisory Committee on Immunizations while Health Canada reviews vaccine data.

There are now nearly 700 pharmacies in the province offering the vaccine.

Dr. Joyce Lock, medical officer of health for the region, had previously said local health officials were hopeful at least three local pharmacies would offer the AstraZeneca vaccine.

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