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Huron Perth Public Health opens COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to residents 65 and older

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Residents born in 1956 or earlier are now eligible to receive the vaccine

HURON-PERTH – Huron Perth Public Health is expanding eligibility for COVID-19 vaccinations to adults aged 65 and older (born in 1956 or earlier).

“The response to the vaccine rollout in Huron Perth has been very positive,” said Dr. Miriam Klassen, medical officer of health.

“Provincial data shows that Huron-Perth has achieved 91.5 per cent cover-age of the age group of individuals 80 and older, receiving at least one dose. I’m pleased that we’re now able to offer vaccinations to even more of our residents.”

As of April 5, 2021, Huron Perth Public Health is reporting 25,236 vaccine doses administered.  A report from Public Health Ontario shows that up to March 27, 12.5 per cent of Huron Perth residents had received at least one dose of vaccine and 2.6 per cent had completed both doses.  This is slightly higher than the provincial average of 11.3 per cent and 2.1 per cent respectively.

For those eligible, vaccination appointments can be booked online at www.hpph.ca/vaccinebooking or through the HPPH booking line at 1-833-753-2098.

The health unit is encouraging online bookings as call volume is high.

“We understand that many people are eager to be vaccinated. We thank everyone for their patience and remind people to be kind to the schedulers when phoning. Abusive language will not be tolerated,” states a release from the health unit.

HPPH also asks that you only book one appointment per person, as booking multiple appointments will slow down the system.

They also ask that you cancel any appointments if you have double-booked or need to reschedule or cancel an existing appointment. Cancellations can be done through email at: VaccineCancellation@hpph.ca or by calling HPPH Vaccine Booking line: 1-833-753-2098 and Press 2 for Cancellations.

For a complete list of those eligible, visit www.hpph.ca/vaccine.

Select pharmacies are offering the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to adults aged 55 and older.  Appointments must be booked directly with the pharmacy. A full list of pharmacies offering vaccinations is available at: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/vaccine-locations

Future clinics

The HPPH phone line and webpage are updated regularly advising whether appointments for future community clinics are available to book. The health unit asks that you do not call your primary care provider or pharmacy for more information about community clinics. Appointments for community clinics are only booked through HPPH.

“There will be enough vaccine for everyone,” health unit officials state. “Anyone who wants to be vaccinated will have an opportunity to be vaccinated. Please know that once HPPH announces that you are eligible for the vaccine, you are always eligible; you will not miss your chance to be vaccinated as there will be more opportunities.”