The Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) said it plans to follow suit after Ontario announced on Friday that it would expand eligibility for COVID-19 booster shots early in the year. next.
Starting January 4, people 18 years of age and older will be eligible for a booster shot, as long as it’s been at least six months since the second shot.
While MLHU operates on a vaccine appointment booking system that is separate from the province, it still plans to expand same-day eligibility.
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Acting Health Department health official Dr Alex Summers said it was difficult to predict how high demand would be on January 4, but said MLHU had “significant capacity” in injection clinics Mass strains with additional space are also available through mobile clinics.
“We will definitely be looking at increasing capacity beyond what we have here in December. We will provide additional updates over the next few weeks on exactly what our plans are for the month. What will January be like,” Summers added.
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“I encourage everyone to keep in mind that pharmacies are also heavily involved in the rollout of booster doses as we head into 2022.”
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Another surge in demand is expected to come on Monday, when booster dose orders are opened for those aged 50 and over.
Once appointments for that age group are open, eligible persons will be able to book appointments online through MLHU’s appointment system or by phone at 226-289-3560.
Appointments can also be booked directly through participating pharmacies, and a pop-up clinic at CF Masonville Place will allow those looking for a first, second or third dose.
The pop-up clinic runs until December 31 and operates from 12pm to 8pm on weekdays, 11am to 6pm on Saturdays, and 11am to 5pm on Sundays.
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