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Pre-registration Form Now Available For Vaccination Of Those 80 And Up

Thursday February 25th, 2021, 12:37pm


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The Health Unit is now accepting pre-registration for vaccination against COVID-19 for those 80 years old and up.

Health Unit CEO Theresa Marentette said Thursday morning the rollout will include targeted, appointment-based clinics at the WFCU Centre starting March 1st, and the Nature Fresh Farms Recreation Centre in Leamington starting March 8th.

She said the vaccinations will be organized using a pre-registration system and will not operate under a first-come first-serve model. Marentette said registrants will be randomly selected based on available space for upcoming clinics. Walk-ins will not be welcome.

Windsor and Essex County is home to more than 20,000 seniors aged 80 or older, according to the Health Unit.

“The recent decision by the provincial government to include adults 80 years of age and older in Phase 1 of the Ontario vaccine distribution plan has significant implications for our region,” said Dr. Wajid Ahmed, Medical Officer of Health for Windsor-Essex. “Almost two third of the deaths related to COVID-19 occurred in Windsor and Essex was in adults 80 years or older. We are doing everything locally to work with our municipal and hospital partners to get our supply of vaccines administered as quickly and safely as possible.”

Dr. Ahmed said Thursday morning the clinic aims to vaccinate around 200 people aged 80 and older each day and that vaccine supply is the issue that is preventing more daily vaccinations.

“The only limitation or limiting factor right now for us is supply of the vaccine,” he said. “If the province wants to give us more vaccine tomorrow, our system is ready to handle that. We can ramp it up to as much vaccine as possible, up to 600, 800 doses a day if need be.”

The Health Unit says on March 1st the vaccine clinic will start at 10am and will run until 3:45pm. The clinic will then operate from 9am to 4pm Tuesday through Friday, beginning again the following Monday at 9am, pending vaccine supply.

The Health Unit’s news means vaccinations in this age group are starting at least two weeks earlier than the provincial plan.

The Health Unit says those interested in receiving a vaccine can pre-register using this form:

For those needing assistance completing the form, you’re asked to call 519-251-4072.

Once forms are reviewed and if you are selected, the Health Unit says you will be contacted by phone to book your appointment.

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