How do I get the coronavirus vaccine in London, Ont.?
LONDON, ONT. -- CTVNewsLondon.ca has everything you need to know about receiving the vaccines in London, Ont., including locations, how to register, and who is next in line.
WHO CAN GET VACCINATED RIGHT NOW?
Anyone 12 and older.
Some area pharmacies and doctor's officers were providing the AstraZeneca vaccine to all adults over 40, however the province announced on May 11 that it would no longer be offering the first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine due to an increase in reports of rare blood clots.
Second doses of AstraZeneca are available for those who did get AstraZeneca as their first dose, though they can also choose one of the mRNA vaccines for their second dose if they prefer. Pharmacies and doctor's offices are now offering mRNA vaccines as well as the Middlesex-London Health Unit.
WHO IS NEXT IN LINE?
The second phase, or the mass vaccine rollout, is underway, with the vast majority of the adult population and youth ages 12 to 17 all now eligible. Trials are underway on the use of the vaccine on children under the age of 12.
HOW WILL I FIND OUT WHEN I CAN RECEIVE THE VACCINE?
The Middlesex-London Health Unit is communicating details regarding first and second-dose vaccinations for the public through multiple channels including online and through social media.
WHERE DO I SIGN UP?
Those who are eligible can book an appointment at: https://www.covidvaccinelm.ca/
The same site can be used to rebook your second dose at an earlier date.
Walk-is are also now being accepted at all mass vaccination centres and pop-up clinics run by the Middlesex-London Health Unit and area paramedics.
Appointments to receive the vaccine at a local doctor's office or pharmacy are made directly with the location involved. The full list of participating pharmacies as well as contact information is available here.
WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW BEFORE REGISTERING?
Both the Pfizer BioNTech and Moderna vaccines are mRNA vaccines. You can learn more about how they work and how effective they are here.
While the vaccines are considered safe and effective, there are some common side effects and in rare situations, some people could experience symptoms or an allergic reaction.
The AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines have also been approved. Both are viral vector-based vaccines that use a harmless virus to deliver the vaccine.
Details on each vaccine are available here.
WHO HAS ALREADY RECEIVED THE VACCINE?
Many adults and youth ages 12 to 17 have received at least the first dose of the vaccine.
WHERE ARE THE VACCINES BEING DISTRIBUTED?
Four vaccination centres are currently open, at the Western Fair District Agriplex, North London Optimist Community Centre in London, Caradoc Community Centre in Mount Brydges and Earl Nichols Recreation Centre.
Pharmacies and primary care physicians across the region are also offering vaccinations. Check with your local provider for details.
WHO DO I CONTACT IF I HAVE QUESTIONS?
Questions about vaccinations and COVID-19 can be directed to the Middlesex-London Health Unit at 519-663-5317 weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.