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Huron-Perth residents to book vaccine appointments through health unit

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HURON-PERTH – Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) will continue to use their own system to book appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine despite the Ontario government’s announcement of a provincial booking system launching on Monday.

In a press release on Sunday, HPPH says they will continue to use their self-established booking tool and call centre “for the time being” to book appointments for COVID-19 vaccination clinics.

Ontario is currently in phase one of its three phrase rollout of the vaccine. A list of those currently eligible in Huron and Perth counties is available online at www.hpph.ca/vaccine. On that page, scroll down and click the “+” button to expand the list of those who are eligible.

Residents who meet the eligibility requirements can book their appointment online at www.hpph.ca/vaccine or call 1-833-753-2098. The health unit is encouraging residents to use the online booking option as call volumes are high.

HPPH asks residents not to call their primary care provider or pharmacy for more information about appointments. All appointments at this time are being booked through the health unit.

HPPH says eligible seniors can ask a trusted individual to book on their behalf, and several local agencies are also assisting eligible seniors to book online using the HPPH booking system. Contact the Community Support Services Network at 1-844-482-7800 to be connected to a local agency near you that can assist you. Through that number, accessible rides can also be scheduled where needed.

Vaccinations for those born in 1941 or earlier

The province has confirmed that vaccination eligibility for those 80 and older applies to any individual who will be turning 80 or older in 2021 (born in 1941 or earlier). If this applies to you, please follow the booking instructions listed above to book an appointment.

“HPPH apologizes to those who were turned away until we received this current provincial direction,” officials stated in the press release.

“Please remember that vaccinations are only available to eligible groups. There will be enough vaccine for everyone. Anyone who wants to be vaccinated will have an opportunity to be vaccinated.”

The health unit also stressed that once you are deemed eligible for the vaccine, you are always eligible.