Hello everyone! It’s time for another vaccine update. We have officially entered Phase 2 of the Provinces Vaccine framework. Below you’ll find an update on the COVID-19 vaccine program in our community as part of my ongoing commitment to you to help keep you aware of how to access vaccination.
The Province is again expanding the pharmacy pilot to patients who will be 40 years of age or over in 2021. However there is still limited vaccine available for pharmacies and a backlog of patients in the 55+ group waiting to get their vaccine.
While we here at Main Street Pharmacy and Wellness Centre are still not currently a vaccination site, please have patience when you contact the pharmacies that do, as they have a great number of patients to get through. Those pharmacies are required to book and manage their own appointments. There is no central scheduling tool that you can access to get an appointment.
WECHU is now scheduling patients who will be 60 or older in 2021, 50 or older in 2021 if you LIVE in N8X, N8Y, N9A, N9B, N9C, N8H, or N9Y postal codes, or have a highest or high risk medical condition including:
– Organ transplant recipients
– Hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients
– Neurological diseases in which respiratory function may be compromised (e.g., motor neuron disease, myasthenia gravis, multiple sclerosis)
– Haematological malignancy diagnosed <1 year
– Kidney disease eGFR< 30
– Individuals with a Body Mass Index(BMI) >40 based on BMI calculator
– Other treatments causing immunosuppression (e.g., chemotherapy, immunity weakening medications)
– Intellectual or developmental disabilities (e.g., Down Syndrome)
– One essential caregiver for individuals who require regular and sustained assistance with personal care and/or activities of daily living
If you qualify through any of the above WECHU criteria you can register to get the vaccine here or call 226-773-2200.
If you are an adult member of a First Nations, Inuit or Metis community you can contact SOAHAC by going to their website here.
As a final note, I want to thank all our community partners who are working hard to get this vaccine out to our communities to help get us through this.
As always, if you have questions please give us a call at 519-712-8800. I will do my best to help you with the ever-changing information regarding the vaccine and any other issues you may be having!
Stay healthy, stay safe, and get the vaccine when you can!
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