News Release: Health Unit Not Yet Booking Appointments for Individuals 75-79

Posted on Friday March 19, 2021

NIPISSING & PARRY SOUND, ON – The North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit (Health Unit) will not be able to book appointments beginning on March 22 for individuals 75-79 years of age. In spite of the provincial announcement, the Health Unit is still working through the phase 1 priorities. Booking of phase 2 priority vaccinations, which includes seniors aged 60-79 years of age, will begin when the majority of phase 1 vaccinations are near completion.

The Health Unit asks that individuals aged 75-79 DO NOT try to book appointments at this time as it will not result in an appointment being created and it will slow the booking process down for others.

To date, over 8,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to residents in our district, and more than 5,700 individuals aged 80 or older will be receiving their COVID-19 vaccine next week as we continue to work through phase 1.

“We are truly happy to see the interest of residents in getting their COVID-19 vaccines,” states Andrea McLellan, Director of COVID-19 Immunization Strategy at the Health Unit. “I would like to remind the public that everyone who wishes to get a COVID-19 vaccine will get one in time and patience is needed as we move through the various priority groups and phases.” The Health Unit will notify the public when it is ready to start booking those aged 75 to 79.

The Health Unit, with support of community partners, has completed vaccinations in long-term care homes. The next priorities for vaccine rollout in our district are advancing steadily, including:

  • Alternate level of care patients in hospitals who have a confirmed admission to a long-term care home, retirement home or other congregate care home for seniors;
  • Highest Priority health care workers, followed by Very High Priority health care workers, in accordance with the Ministry of Health’s guidance on Health Care Worker Prioritization.

As higher volumes of COVID-19 vaccine shipments become available in the region, the Health Unit will move to remaining Phase 1 populations, including:

Priority populations for vaccine rollout are determined based on the Ethical framework for COVID-19 vaccine distributionand vaccine availability. Our Health Unit will advise the public once we are able to start to accept bookings for individuals 75 and older.

For more information on local COVID-19 vaccine, status visit www.myhealthunit.ca/COVID-19Vaccine.

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