Residents 65-and-older can now book vaccine appointment

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Residents over the age of 65 are now able to book a COVID-19 vaccination appointment in Chatham-Kent.

The local public health unit announced those 65 years of age and older can now call the Covid-19 Vaccination Line at 519-351-1010 to book an appointment.

Residents born in 196 or before with the last name starting with A-M can call Monday, April 5, Wednesday, April 7 and Friday, April 9, while residents 65 years and over with the last name starting with N-Z can call Tuesday, April 6 Thursday, April 8 and Friday, April 10.

Those booking appointments can leave a message 24 hours a day, Monday through Friday. However, due to high call volumes, Chatham-Kent Public Health said it might take a few days before your call is returned.

“When we get that done, we’ll look at opening it up a little bit lower. It’s not really part of the framework, but the availability of refrigerating only vaccines is certainly coming,” said Chatham-Kent’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David Colby.

Staff members will be returning calls daily between 8:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. to schedule appointments at the John Bradley Centre in Chatham.

Other groups being vaccinated at the John D. Bradley Convention Centre include residents, staff and essential caregivers at congregate-care settings for seniors, health-care workers, alternative level of care patients in hospitals, adult recipients of chronic home care, high-risk faith leaders, and First Nations, Inuit, Métis and urban Indigenous residents and their immediate household members ages 16 and older.

“We’re really working very hard to get to that final goal of getting everybody that wants to be vaccinated, vaccinated before the summer,” said Colby.

As it stands, approximately 20,000 vaccines have been administered in Chatham-Kent, which is equivalent to 18 percent of the population.

Residents are encouraged to visit ckphu.com/covid-19-vaccine for more information on vaccine eligibility in Chatham-Kent.

Bird Bouchard, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Ridgetown Independent News