COVID-19 Vaccine Information
Update: April 3, 2021
OXFORD COUNTY - Southwestern Public Health has announced plans to help local seniors book their COVID-19 vaccine appointment.
Program Manager for the COVID-19 Task Force Jaime Fletcher says they want to make sure the online booking system and the busy phone lines aren't a deterrent to seniors getting their shot.
"Seniors, and their family members, have told us that booking online is challenging and that the phone lines were sometimes very difficult to get through. We don't want technology to be a barrier to health. At the same time, we don't have a ready list of all the 80-year-olds, so we need the community’s help identifying those who want the vaccine but haven't yet secured an appointment."
The Health Unit has now added a Help List to the web site. Anyone born in 1941 or earlier can add their name. If you are unable to add your name, you can get a physician, community agencies, family members, and others to add you.
A health unit representative will call with a date, time, and location for their appointment. Often same day appointments will be offered. If they are unable to take the appointment they will be called again at another time.
Fletcher says they will start by offering end of day doses and doses from missed appointments.
"Once we have a firmer grasp on the numbers through this process, we'll accommodate within our clinics accordingly. Currently the health unit is administering approximately 1100 doses of the Pfizer vaccine each weekday between its two main vaccination sites. Mobile teams are in the community, immunizing vulnerable residents of congregate living settings."
The help list strategy will be expanded to include other segments of the population in the coming weeks.
The Help List can be found online at: https://forms.swpublichealth.ca/COVID-19-Help-List.
Update: March 29, 2021
"We know the demand for the vaccine appointments will be high, so we encourage people to book online and to keep checking each morning if they aren’t able to book an appointment right away. Our older adults are most susceptible to severe illness and hospitalization as a result of COVID-19,” says Dr. Joyce Lock, Medical Officer of Health at Southwestern Public Health. “With the rise of cases, including cases of the variants of concern, it is important that we expand access to all of those over the age of 70.”
In London and Middlesex County, as well as Oxford County, Elgin County and St. Thomas, residents born in 1951 or earlier are strongly encouraged to book an appointment online at www.covidvaccinelm.ca. While some appointments will be available by phone, phone bookings are discouraged because of the very high volume of calls that make it difficult to get through. Those who are not able to book through the website can call 226-289-3560.
Update: March 22, 2021
Booking an appointment
• To book an appointment online for a vaccine go to www.covidvaccinelm.ca.
Locate the City of Woodstock Goff Hall option from the location dropdown menu.
• To book an appointment by phone call 226-289-3560
(8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday to Sunday).
• Please note, blocks of appointments open based on vaccine supply.
• There will be enough vaccine for everyone. No one will be left behind. If you do not get an appointment on the first day, or cannot get through by phone, don’t panic. You will have an opportunity to try again very shortly.
More appointments will become available regularly.
Appointments are required. And consent is required. Please bring a completed consent form to your appointment. (SOUTH GATE CENTRE HAS CONSENT FORMS at the back door. Pick yours up between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. Monday to Friday.) Or you can access a printable one at www.swpublichealth.ca/vaccineconsent. There are also printed copies at the health unit locations, and at both vaccine clinics.
Availability of the vaccine
Call the numbers below to hear a pre-recorded message about the availability of the vaccine, who is eligible, and how to book an appointment when it is your turn. These resources will be updated regularly as new information becomes available.
TOLL FREE: 1-800-922-0096 Ext. 1444
Please note: Public Health does not keep a wait list for COVID-19 vaccinations. If you know someone who does not have access to internet, please share these phone numbers with them to stay informed.
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