Age drop: Vaccination bookings now open to those 60 and above in Ontario

EASTERN ONTARIO — Dropping deeper into the boomer demographic, individuals between 60 and 69 years of age have been added to the list of those old enough to make a date with the needle. Effective at 8 a.m. this morning (Wed., April 7), the Ontario vaccination portal will accept bookings from those born as late as 1961.

Part of the province’s Phase 2 vaccination rollout, the shots are available through Ontario’s online appointment system at www.Ontario.ca/bookvaccine.  Appointments are granted simultaneously for first and second doses, 16 weeks apart. Those requiring assistance may call the Provincial Vaccine Information Line at 1-888-999-6488. And so far within the Eastern Ontario Health Unit region, vaccinations rendered through this process are of the Pfizer-BioNTech type.

“If you have a family member or provide care to someone who was born in 1961 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 it 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.

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