EASTERN ONTARIO — Residents of the Eastern Ontario Health Unit region between 70 and 74 years of age have been added to the list of those old enough to book a date with the needle. The local health unit announced the drop in the minimum age needed to join the COVID-19 vaccination queue — from 75 down to 70 — effective at 8 a.m. this morning.
The shots are booked through Ontario’s online appointment system at www.Ontario.ca/bookvaccine. The youngest a person can now be to get an appointment under this ‘Phase 2’ process is 70 — born in 1951. Appointments are granted for first and second doses, 16 weeks apart. Individuals requiring assistance with booking can call the Provincial Vaccine Information Line at 1-888-999-6488.
“If you have a family member or provide care to someone who was born in 1951 or before, please encourage them to get vaccinated,” adds the EOHU.
Several vaccination clinics have been established in the five eastern counties and the city of Cornwall, and the EOHU says it offers “alternate arrangements” for individuals “notifying us of barriers preventing them from physically” attending one of those locations.
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.
Saying appreciates the public’s “keen interest” in getting immunized, the EOHU nonetheless emphasizes that vaccinations are available by appointment only — so please don’t tie up the online portals and phone lines if you aren’t eligible for a shot right now.
The EOHU also says 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.”
Meanwhile, anyone on the province’s earlier Phase 1 priority list not yet vaccinated or lacking an appointment is asked to pre-register using the EOHU’s online pre-registration tool at www.EOHU.ca/register.