Vaccine rollout expands to include those 75+

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Renfrew County residents 75 to 79 years old may now call to register for a COVID-19 vaccine shot, but it may be a little time before they get an appointment.

The Renfrew County and District Vaccine Communications Committee issued a statement Monday that as the county “continues to receive weekly shipments of the COVID-19 vaccine, the list of those eligible to register for vaccination appointments has now expanded.”

In addition to previously eligible groups, like priority health care workers and those 80 and up, those who may receive the vaccine now includes all seniors living in congregate care residences, long-term care and retirement residence “essential caregivers,” all Indigenous adults 18 and over, all health care workers, and anyone receiving chronic home care, as identified by home health care organizations.

Those who may register for a vaccine appointment, but who may have to wait to receive the shot, include anyone born between 1942 and 1946 (75-79 years of age), and “faith based leaders who as part of their regular role are at increased risk of exposure to COVID-19.”

The committee said that the availability of vaccination appointments will be based on the number of vaccine doses that the county receives each week.

“Because of this, people should anticipate that it will take a number of weeks for everyone in the new groupings to be able to book and receive their vaccinations.”

To register, residents are asked to book online through the health unit website at rcdhu.com or by phoning 613-735-9724 or 1-800-267-1097 extension 200.

The committee says those who register for a vaccination appointment will receive an email with a link to book into one of the county’s upcoming vaccination clinics (located in Pembroke, Deep River, Arnprior, Renfrew and Barry’s Bay) “ONLY when openings become available.”

Those who have registered who do not have email will receive a phone call when openings become available.

“Everyone registering for a vaccination appointment will be asked to identify how they are eligible to receive the vaccine. This can include proof of employment such as ID badge, letter from employer, status card, etc.”

The committee noted that all vaccinations currently taking place are for those receiving their first dose only.

“All second doses, except for a minority of classifications, will be administered 16 weeks after the first.

“Information about the notification and booking process for second doses is still being developed but will be rolled out as soon as a process is in place. We appreciate your patience.”

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