COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to expand in Huron Perth

Huron-Perth, ON – In alignment with provincial direction, Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) is expanding COVID-19 vaccine eligibility.  As of Thursday, May 6, the following groups will be able to make an appointment at a future HPPH vaccination clinic:

  • Individuals turning 50 and over in 2021 (born 1971 or earlier);
  • People who cannot work from home (remotely) who fall under Group One of Ontario’s vaccine rollout plan.  

 People who cannot work remotely who fall under Group One include:

  • Elementary and 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.

For a full eligibility list, please see www.hpph.ca/vaccinebooking. Please remember that once someone is eligible, they are always eligible.

“We are making good progress with vaccinations in Huron Perth,” says Dr. Miriam Klassen, Medical Officer of Health.  “The province set a target of 40% of the eligible population aged 18 and over to have at least one vaccine dose by May 1. We achieved 39.8% coverage in Huron Perth.  I am very pleased that Ontario’s vaccine supply is increasing this month, allowing us to protect even more of our population against COVID-19.”

HPPH will be closing our booking system (both website and telephone booking) temporarily at 4:30pm on Wednesday, May 5 for maintenance, and will reopen it sometime on Thursday, May 6.  At that time, newly eligible and previously eligible groups will be able to book appointments for future HPPH community clinics.  Anyone eligible for a vaccination can make an appointment on the HPPH booking system at www.hpph.ca/vaccinebooking or by calling 1-833-753-2098.  Online booking is encouraged due to call volume. We are currently booking appointments into late May.

HPPH will announce when the booking system re-opens through website notifications and social media. You can subscribe to page updates for www.hpph.ca/vaccinebooking (button on the right hand side of the page) if you would like to receive an email notification when bookings open.

“We know that many people have been waiting for their turn to be vaccinated.  We expect the booking system to be very busy when it reopens and ask that anyone trying to make an appointment be patient,” says Dr. Klassen. “There will be enough vaccine for all Ontarians.  Everyone who wants to be vaccinated will eventually have the opportunity to be vaccinated.” 

In addition to HPPH community mass vaccination clinics, Ontario is also offering the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to individuals aged 40 and over at pharmacy locations, including certain pharmacies in Huron-Perth. The entire list of participating pharmacies can be found at https://covid-19.ontario.ca/vaccine-locations.

**Correction to this media release made May 5/21: Under People who cannot work remotely who fall under Group One, Individuals working in unlicensed childcare settings were listed in error.

Workers in unlicensed childcare settings will not be eligible for vaccination on Thursday, May 6. They are not included in the province’s first group of people who cannot work from home. Huron Perth Public Health will expand eligibility to child care workers in unlicensed child care settings once this direction has been provided by the Provincial Government. We apologize for the inconvenience, and will communicate widely once this group is eligible for vaccination.

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