Public Health Sudbury and Districts is urging residents 75 and older to book appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations before it opens up bookings for residents aged 70 and older.
Ontario recently moved several public health units to the lower age bracket, but PHSD says it wants to ensure that older residents have an opportunity before opening up for younger groups.
Booking details for those who are 70 and older will be announced in the coming days, Public Health said in a release.
Vaccines are allocated to public health units by the province, cased on population, PHSD said, and while eligible individuals are encouraged to call to book appointments, the health unit is only able to schedule appointments for the exact number of doses it has for each clinic, and the supply of doses is subject to possible fluctuations.
For example, if Public Health has 800 vaccine doses, only 800 appointments are booked at a scheduled vaccine clinic. Once a clinic is full, the health unit will schedule eligible individuals at future clinics.
PHSD is currently offering offer COVID-19 vaccines in Greater Sudbury and the districts of Sudbury and Manitoulin, Public Health is continuing to offer COVID-19 vaccine to the following groups:
– Adults 75 years of age and older in 2021 (individuals born in 1946 or earlier)
– Health care workers (see Ministry of Health criteria)
– Adult recipients of chronic home care
– Indigenous adults (First Nations, Metis, Inuit)
– Residents, essential caregivers, and staff of high-risk congregate living settings
– Faith leaders who provide certain functions such as end-of-life care
– Staff, residents, and essential caregivers of long-term care homes, retirement homes, congregate care settings for seniors, and elder care homes.
For vaccine clinic dates, visit: www.phsd.ca/COVID-19/vaccine-clinics.
All vaccination clinics are by appointment only and COVID-safe measures are in place. Residents must not attend a clinic if they have any symptoms of COVID-19 or if they are in isolation due to a COVID-19 exposure.
Visit www.phsd.ca/COVID-19/vaccine-clinics for more information about eligibility, booking information, and for clinic dates and locations. Only those currently eligible for vaccination should call to book appointments, to avoid overwhelming the lines. Call volumes are high and Public Health is focused on ensuring eligible individuals can access an appointment.
The vaccination efforts are aligned with the province’s phased vaccination approach as well as the Ministry of Health’s guidance on health care worker prioritization
For more information, visit www.phsd.ca/COVID-19 or call 705-522-9200 (toll-free 1-866-522-9200).