Roll out of vaccine by appointment only

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The Leeds Grenville and Lanark Health Unit (LGLHU) has established a Vaccination Centre at the North Grenville Municipal Centre. The Vaccination Centre will be entirely separate from the COVID-19 Assessment Centre. Vaccinations will take place by invitation only and will begin according to the provincial roll out plan. Citizens will have to make an appointment but only when the phase targeting their age group is announced.

“The Vaccination Centre will be where you go when invited, to get your vaccine.,” stated Dr. Suzanne Rutherford, Medical Director of the Centre. “Obviously, it will be great when everybody is vaccinated, but that’s going to take some time.”

The LGLHU’s COVID-19 Distribution and Administration Roll Out Plan will help ensure efficient and effective delivery of the COVID-19 vaccine in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark and align with the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan.

The LGLHU is fielding many calls asking about which age groups are being vaccinated. In an effort to keep the phone lines open, the Health Unit recommends that only the specific groups who are directly invited should currently book appointments for vaccine clinics. Information about the days for other age groups to receive the vaccine will be on the Ontario.ca website. Health Care Workers that are being vaccinated will be contacted through their employer for their instructions on booking appointments.

In the first week of March, 3771 individuals received their first dose of vaccine and 239 individuals received their second dose of vaccine. A total of 6725 individuals have received at least one dose of vaccine (either through the KHSC Clinic, the Ottawa Hospital Clinic or one of the mobile clinics) since the roll out started. The LGLHU is awaiting details from the Province on how the two additional vaccines approved by Health Canada (Oxford-AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson) – will be distributed.

Rollout of the vaccines for adults aged 79 and younger will take place in Stage 5 of the distribution program which is expected to occur in April.

At present the priority groups include;

      1. healthcare worker groups,
      2. staff and caregivers in retirement homes,
      3. other congregate care settings for seniors (e.g., assisted living),
      4. all Indigenous adults, and
      5. adult recipients of chronic home care.

When the fixed clinics are able to open to a wider population, including adults 80 years of age and older, booking instructions will be made known on the Leeds Grenville and Lanark Health Unit website, through social media, local radio and newspaper, local organizations, and health care providers.

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