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?
All adults 50 and older and Indigenous adults over 16.
Essential workers who cannot work from home including:
- elementary/secondary school workers (including educators, custodial, school bus drivers, administrative staff)
- workers responding to critical events (including police, fire, special constables, children’s aid society workers, emergency management, critical infrastructure, restoration workers)
- enforcement, inspection and compliance roles (including by-law enforcement, building inspectors, food inspectors, animal welfare inspectors, border inspection officers, labour inspectors/WSIB field workers)
- foster care agency workers (including customary care providers)
- food manufacturing and distribution workers
- agriculture and farm workers
- funeral, crematorium and cemetery workers
Eligible essential workers who cannot work from home will require a username and password from their employer in order to book an appointment.
Employers can pre-register here under the category of “Essential workers who cannot work from home”.
Some area pharmacies are making the AstraZeneca vaccine available to all adults over 40.
Child care workers in licensed centres. (Eligible workers will receive a letter from their employer.)
Residents, primary essential caregivers and staff of high-risk congregate living settings. Facilities must pre-register and will provide those eligible with information on how to book an appointment.
Adults 16 years of age and older with the following high-risk or highest-risk health conditions:
- 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
- Kidney disease eGFR< 30
- Obesity (BMI > 40) *
- Other treatments causing immunosuppression (e.g., chemotherapy, immunity weakening medications) *
- Intellectual or developmental disabilities who require regular or sustained assistance with personal care or daily living (e.g., Down Syndrome), those with ADHD are not yet eligible*
*Written documentation or proof of an eligible health condition is not required from a health-care provider. Self-attestation will be accepted.
One primary essential caregiver for an individual with an eligible high or highest-risk health conditions is now also eligible. Those who are will be contacted by their specialty clinic with information on how to book an appointment.
Adults 16 years of age and older who are chronic home care recipients. Home care providers will contact recipients to make an appointment.
Faith leaders who as part of their regular role are at increased risk of exposure through end of life care, care of the deceased, funerals, bathing, or other ceremony with direct contact with deceased persons, home visits to unwell persons or pastoral care in hospitals/LTCHs/RHs or other vulnerable settings. Pre-registration details are here.
Residents and staff of congregate settings with a history of outbreak or high-risk populations.
Long-term care, retirement home and First Nations elder care home residents, staff and essential caregivers. That includes LHIN, hospital, primary care and paramedic services staff directly providing on-site support to homes in outbreak committed to at least a week at the facility are considered staff. Patients in hospital or alternative levels of care with confirmed admission to a long-term care home, retirement home or other congregate home for seniors.
Residents and staff in other congregate care settings for seniors, including assisted-living facilities.
All regularly scheduled full- or part-time hospital and acute care staff in front-line roles with COVID-19 patients and/or high-risk of exposure who work in critical care, emergency department, urgent care units or in COVID-19 Medical Units as well as rapid response teams and specialists involved in direct care of COVID-19 patients.
Health care workers involved in the COVID-19 response who interact directly with patients, including those at COVID-19 Assessment Centres, vaccine clinics, mobile immunization teams, isolation centres and laboratory services.
Medical first responders including ORNGE, paramedics and firefighters.
Community health care workers serving specialized populations including:
- Needle exchange/syringe programs & supervised consumption and treatment services
- Aboriginal Health Access Centers, Indigenous Community Health Centers, Indigenous Interprofessional Primary Care Teams, and Indigenous Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics
- Community Health Centers serving disproportionally affected communities and/or communities experiencing highest burden of health, social and economic impacts from COVID-19
- Home and community care health care workers caring for recipients of chronic homecare and seniors in congregate living facilities or providing hands-on care to COVID-19 patients in the community.
Front-line health care workers in hospital inpatient settings and hospital procedural areas, including surgical care, anesthesia, obstetrics, endoscopy, operating rooms, dialysis, imaging, chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
Front-line health care workers in the following outpatient and ambulatory areas:
- Hospital-based outpatient clinics
- Primary care, including walk-in clinics, community health centres, and nurse-practitioner-led clinics
- Home and community care
- Adult day programs for seniors
- Community Based Specialty clinics, including medical and surgical specialties
- Death investigation professionals
- Gynecology/obstetrics, midwifery, and birth centres
- Contract nursing agencies
- Assisted living, group homes, residential facilities, supportive housing
- Correctional settings
- Hospices and palliative care settings
- Developmental services
- Mental health and addictions services
- Campus health
- Community diagnostic imaging
- Daycare/school nursing
- Dietary / nutrition
- Independent health facilities (e.g., Opticians/Optometry, Podiatry, Audiology)
- Naturopathy / Holistic care
- Social work
- Sexual health clinics
Front-line health care workers in the following non-acute rehabilitation and therapy areas:
- Chronic pain clinics
- Occupational therapy
- Registered massage therapy
- Acupuncture, other therapy
Public health workers.
Non-front-line health care workers such as those working remotely, in administration, and who do not require PPE to work.
WHO IS NEXT IN LINE?
The second phase, or the mass vaccine rollout, is not expected to begin until late April or May.
HOW WILL I FIND OUT WHEN I CAN RECEIVE THE VACCINE?
The Middlesex-London Health Unit is communicating details regarding 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/ however most health-care workers must be pre-registered through their employer.
Appointments to receive the vaccine at a local pharmacy are made directly with the pharmacy involved. The full list of participating pharmacies, or those expected to receive the vaccine in coming days, 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 front-line health care workers and seniors have received at least the first dose of the vaccine.
WHERE ARE THE VACCINES BEING DISTRIBUTED?
Three vaccination centres are currently open, at the Western Fair District Agriplex and North London Optimist Community Centre in London and the Caradoc Community Centre in Mount Brydges.
One other location is being prepared, at the Earl Nichols Recreation Centre.
In addition, local pharmacies are offering the AstraZeneca vaccine to adults 40+. You can find the pharmacy closest to you here.
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.