Hamilton Public Health adds new group to vaccine eligibility as Province launches online booking


Published March 12, 2021 at 9:28 pm

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Starting Monday (Mar. 15), Hamilton residents who are between 80 and 85-years-old will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine; the same day a new provincial booking portal is scheduled to be launched.

The additional age group will make it so anyone who is 80 and older will be eligible.

The booking link will be available at hamilton.ca/VaccineBooking.

Those who do not have access to the internet or a computer, or do not have a valid Ontario photo health card, can still call the Public Health Services COVID-19 Hotline at 905-974-9848, and use option 7 to book an appointment.

Walk-ins will continue to not be permitted at any Hamilton COVID-19 vaccination clinic.

The Hamilton healthcare partners say they are making progress in vaccinating members of the community who fall into Phase 1 of the Province’s COVID-19 Vaccination framework.

They say over 53,216 doses of the COVD-19 vaccine have been administered with 16,046 people now fully vaccinated—more than 55 per cent of the eligible population, according to Public Health.

Beginning on Mar. 22, FirstOntario Centre will be the home of a large-scale COVID-19 vaccination clinic.

The arena will be used on an on-going basis to accommodate those residents who are eligible for vaccine and able to attend an on-site clinic.

This clinic is anticipated to start administering vaccines slowly, with its full capacity being approximately 3,000 vaccines per day.

The existing mobile vaccination clinics, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton West 5th Campus large-scale vaccination clinic and the Hamilton Health Sciences large-scale vaccination clinic will continue to vaccinate eligible individuals.

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