Residents 75 and older can book vaccination online starting Monday, March 22

EASTERN ONTARIO — Ontario residents 75 years of age and older can book their COVID-19 vaccine appointment — using Ontario’s online booking system at covid-19.ontario.ca/book-vaccine — starting 8 a.m. this Monday, March 22, under Phase of the immunization rollout.

In accordance with the latest recommendations, those booking will be given appointments for first and second doses, 16 weeks apart, says the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU).

The EOHU itself is operating a “pre-booking” online site — EOHU.ca/register — for all remaining individuals listed within the province’s Phase 1 priority population who have not yet received the jab. Pre-registration eases the booking process for those Phase 1 individuals as vaccine supply increases and more appointments become available.

Phase 2 bookings for those 75 or older (born in 1946 or earlier) kicks off 8 a.m. this Monday through the provincial website at ontario.ca/bookvaccine. Individuals requiring assistance with booking can call the Provincial Vaccine Information Line at 1-888-999-6488.

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 1946 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 1946 or before, please encourage them to get vaccinated, says the EOHU. 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.

Changing the Location of an Appointment

Those wishing to change the location of a previously booked appointment can follow the process they used to book their original appointment and proceed to book a new series of appointments for their first and second dose. This will automatically cancel their first booked series. Individuals will receive a confirmation email for their new booking followed by a cancellation notice for the previous booking.

Ongoing Collaboration

The EOHU says it appreciates that there is keen interest in receiving the vaccine. At this time, however, 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, the EOHU also emphasizes.

For the latest updates about COVID-19 vaccines, including which population groups are eligible to receive it and how to access it, please regularly visit the Eastern Ontario Health Unit’s website at www.EOHU.ca/vaccines.

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