Hamiltonians 40-plus in hot spot postal codes can now book COVID vaccines

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More than 30 per cent of eligible Hamiltonians have received a COVID vaccine so far as the city opened eligibility to more groups on Tuesday.

Hamiltonians age 40 and older in any of the city’s five “hot spot” postal codes can now book their COVID vaccines. Child-care workers in licensed facilities will be eligible later this week.

In an emailed statement, Hamilton public health said it was “pleased” to open vaccines to more residents.

“We’re uplifted by the demand our community continues to show in their uptake of available vaccine appointments,” said the statement attributed to Michelle Baird, director of operations. Baird noted the city has “a steady, but limited supply of vaccine.”

Hamilton public health estimates that about 32.2 per cent of the city’s eligible population — those age 16 and older — have received at least one dose of a COVID shot as of April 26.

Hamilton’s estimate is based on the number of doses administered at local clinics, and could include doses given to individuals who are not permanent Hamilton residents.

Tuesday morning, the province announced that Ontarians age 45 and older (born in 1976 or earlier) who live in the L9C and L8W postal codes can book their shots online at covid-19.ontario.ca/book-vaccine.

By noon, local public health expanded on that and said that anyone at least 40 years old (born in 1981 or earlier) who lives in the L9C, L8W, L8L, L8N and L9K postal codes can book their vaccines by calling the city. The number is 905-974-9848, option 7.

Hamilton is holding two mobile clinics for residents age 40 and up in the five targeted postal codes. The clinics will run on April 30, May 1 and May 2 from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. at:

The Salvation Army Meadowlands Corps, 187 Stone Church Rd. W., Ancaster;

Bernie Morelli Recreation Centre, 876 Cannon St. E.

Walk-ins are not allowed. Proof of address is required at the appointment.

While individuals can also book a time at one of the city’s three mass clinics — at Hamilton Health Sciences, St. Joseph’s West 5th and FirstOntario Centre — appointments there are currently “limited,” the city said in a later release. More slots are expected “early next week.”

Hamilton residents age 40 and older in any postal code can continue to get their COVID-19 vaccines through a local pharmacy. Vaccines are available either by appointment or by walk-in. Residents should contact individual locations to find out how they can get their shot. A list of participating pharmacies and their contact info is at covid-19.ontario.ca/vaccine-locations.

Also on Tuesday, the province announced that child-care workers with licensed operators can book their shots starting Thursday, April 29.

Eligible workers will receive a letter from their employer before they can book. This group will book by calling Ontario’s vaccine booking line at 1-833-943-3900. Individuals must bring the letter to their appointment.

Child-care workers in unlicensed facilities will become eligible “in the coming weeks,” the province says.

“We encourage community members to be aware of all priority groups for vaccination so that they can be vaccinated under whichever criteria they qualify for first with whichever vaccine is available,” said Baird’s statement. “Everyone who wants a vaccine will be offered a vaccine when they are eligible.”

Maria Iqbal, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Hamilton Spectator