EASTERN ONTARIO — Starting tomorrow, March 15th, residents 80 years old and above will be able to book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment through a provincial website established for that purpose.
The Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) today confirmed the opportunity for those in that age category exclusively to book appointment using the online system at www.Ontario.ca/bookvaccine, which launches March 15 at 8 a.m.
In accordance with the latest recommendations, appointments will be granted for first and second doses, 16 weeks apart. Bookings will be accepted for individuals turning 80 or older in 2021 (born in 1941 or earlier) as the province moves on to the next priority group in the Phase 2 of the vaccination rollout. However, it’s the first time that chronological age alone is being used to determine eligibility for vaccination, a milestone in the gradual immunization of the community.
Individuals who require assistance with booking can call the Provincial Vaccine Information Line at 1-888-999-6488.
Provincial Online Booking System
The booking system will screen for eligibility based on age using health card information. Appointments can be made by an individual or with the help of family or an informal caregiver (note: family/informal caregivers born after 1941 cannot book an appointment for themselves at this time, however, they may use the EOHU Pre-Registration tool to pre-register for an appointment).
If you have a family member or provide care to someone who was born in 1941 or before, please encourage them to get vaccinated. Vaccinations will be available by appointment only at vaccine clinics being held across the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas, and Glengarry; the United Counties of Prescott-Russell; and the City of Cornwall. Alternate arrangements will be made for individuals who notify us of barriers preventing them from physically going to a clinic.
EOHU Pre-Registration Tool
In addition, the EOHU is launching an online pre-registration tool and asking all remaining individuals listed within the province’s Phase 1 priority populations, who have not yet been vaccinated or not yet booked an appointment, to pre-register. The EOHU explains that “pre-registration facilitates booking appointments quickly and easily as vaccine supply increases and more appointments become available.”
Those who are not in the 80-plus age group, but who are eligible for the vaccine based on the Phase 1 priority populations, must first pre-register using the EOHU online pre-registration tool at www.EOHU.ca/register. Once vaccine supply permits, says the EOHU, those who have pre-registered will receive a code that will give them access to the provincial booking system.
The EOHU also cautions that pre-registration “does not guarantee that you will get an appointment immediately. You may not get your appointment booking code for a week or longer, depending on vaccine supply.”
The EOHU points out that, while it appreciates the keen interest in getting vaccinated, only eligible individuals can schedule an appointment. “We ask the public to please help us keep the online tools and phone lines available for those who are eligible to book an appointment. Cooperation from the public will go a long way to help ensure local vaccination clinics can operate efficiently and effectively.”
“It remains extremely important to continue following public health precautions — even if you have received the vaccine — until a large majority of residents in our region have been vaccinated.”
Below, the EOHU’s Thursday, March 11, report on vaccines administered by that point in time.