Southwestern public health launches vaccine information line

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Wondering when you might be eligible to get your COVID vaccine, or just curious about how the vaccination effort is going across the Southwestern public health region?

Residents can now call designated COVID-19 vaccination lines that provide key information and updates about the vaccine effort launched by the health unit.

The information on each line is prerecorded but will be updated as more information becomes available.

Dr. Joyce Lock, medical officer of health for the region, said Wednesday that more vaccines were available for long-term care residents, staff and essential caregivers at the London Western Fair vaccination site this week. Residents must be on the approved list, as provided by the care homes, in order to receive the vaccine.

And while the vaccine supply is still limited, planning is underway for when more people can receive their shots.

“Mass immunization clinic planning is underway at Southwestern public health for when we get more vaccine. Those who are 80 years old or older will be vaccinated first. More details will be released soon and clinic dates and locations,” Lock said.

Lock sits on the region’s COVID vaccine prioritization advisory committee. Comprising members from Huron Perth, London and Middlesex hospitals and the London Health Sciences Centre, the group is tasked with deciding how to allocate the limited vaccine supply in the region while guided by provincial priorities.

Residents can call the line for Oxford County at 519-533-4560 and Elgin County at 519-631-4125. You can also find complete information about vaccine rollout, videos and dated updates online at swpublichealth.ca/covid19vaccine.

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