Health Units Sticking With Their Current Vaccine Booking System

Sunday March 14th, 2021

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The Health Unit says that nothing will change Monday locally when it comes to adults 80 years of age and older booking an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine. 

The Ontario Government had announced Sunday that a provincial booking system for COVID-19 vaccines is scheduled to launch Monday.

Since Thursday, February 25th, the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit has had an online pre-registration form available for residents 80 years and older, and a call centre in place (519-251-4072) and the Health Unit plans to continue that process. 

Once Windsor and Essex County adults 80 years of age and older provide their information in the local pre-registration form, individuals will be randomly selected and then contacted to book their appointments at either the WFCU Centre clinic in Windsor or the Nature Fresh Farms Recreation Centre clinic in Leamington.

A third option and fourth option for adults 80 years of age and older will be available at the St. Clair College SportsPlex and downtown Windsor at Windsor Hall, who will be scheduling  80+ seniors to receive vaccinations beginning the week of March 22nd. These targeted vaccination clinics are by appointment only, and pre-registration through a single dedicated online pre-registration form is required.

Based on the current progress, the Health Unit anticipates that most of the 13,000+ pre-registrants who are 80 years of age and older will be booked to receive their first dose of the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine by the end of March.

Eligible residents who have not yet pre-registered for a COVID-19 vaccination appointment are encouraged to do so.

As of March 14th, there has been 42,640 total (first and second doses combined) vaccine doses administered in Windsor-Essex County since the first Pfizer BioNTech vaccine was administered at the St. Clair College Sportsplex by Windsor Regional Hospital on Tuesday, December 22nd, 2020.

Health Unit officials say that Windsor and Essex County are making significant progress in vaccinating priority populations identified in Phase 1 of the provincial government’s 3 phase vaccine distribution plan between the targeted vaccination clinics in Windsor and Leamington, the St. Clair College SportsPlex, and targeted mobile clinics being coordinated by Essex-Windsor EMS and the WECHU.

With the addition of local pharmacies providing the AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD vaccine in select Windsor and Essex County pharmacies to eligible adults aged 60-64 who are interested in booking an appointment as part of the provincial pilot program, more and more Windsor and Essex County residents are gaining access to a vaccine.

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