Trying to get more shots into arms as the fast-spreading Omicron variant surges, London-area paramedics will offer mobile COVID-19 vaccination clinics across Middlesex County this month.
Middlesex-London Paramedic Service will dole out first, second and third COVID shots at 15 locations, starting Sunday in Dorchester. Recipients are asked to bring a health card or other identification showing date of birth.
The service will follow Middlesex London Health Unit guidelines and give Moderna vaccine to people 30 and older. Limited supplies of Pfizer-BioNTech shots are being prioritized for recipients aged 12 to 29.
See the full mobile clinic schedule at healthunit.com/pop-up-vaccination-clinics.
Meanwhile, the London-area vaccine rollout continued to ramp up this week with the health unit reopening its mass vaccination clinic at Earl Nichols Arena and extending hours at its Mt. Brydges site this week.
The unit had administered 950,393 COVID shots in London and Middlesex as of Jan 1, the latest data available. Nearly 92 per cent of residents 12 and older have had at least one dose, and 89 per cent are fully vaccinated.
Friday, London-area officials reported 412 new COVID cases, down from 635 the day before, and no new deaths. The area now has 4,441 active cases. Daily case counts do not provide an accurate snapshot of total cases due to new COVID testing limits.
Provincewide, there were 11,899 new cases and 42 new deaths, which a health ministry spokesperson said occurred over the last 10 days following a data catchup. Despite a drop in cases, Ontario recorded 2,472 hospitalizations — the most on any single day since April — including 338 people in intensive care.
With files from The Canadian Press
Calvi Leon, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, London Free Press