Health unit expands vaccine booking

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Those 60 and over, pregnant women, and child care workers (as of Thursday) can now book COVID-19 vaccine appointments through the Renfrew County and District Health Unit.

The health unit announced Wednesday morning that it is expanding its booking program.

Those 60 and over (born 1957 to 1961) have previously been able to register but not book an appointment.

The health unit noted that “all individuals” who are pregnant and had previously pre-registered under the “at-risk conditions” category, must re-register under the “high-risk health condition” category to receive a link to book an appointment.

Also, partners of pregnant individuals are not eligible to book a vaccination appointment as an essential caregiver unless they meet the provincial definition.

“An essential caregiver is a person who provides regular and sustained assistance with personal care and/or daily activities of living such as bathing, feeding, dressing, etc.”

The health unit said that child care workers in licensed child care settings will receive a letter from their employer. This letter must be available at the point of booking and taken to the vaccination appointment.

“We ask that residents please be patient as RCDHU currently has limited vaccine availability,” the health unit said.

“As soon as RCDHU receives confirmation of more vaccine arriving from the provincial government, more appointments will be added to the booking system. Please continue to monitor the website for upcoming availability of appointments.”

For more information, visit the health unit website at rcdhu.com.

(Photo: Pat Stewart receives his AstraZeneca vaccine shot from RPN Julia Okum during a clinic at the Chalk River and Area Lions Hall April 16.)

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