10 March 2021 / #news #coronavirus Vaccines will be available to more Ottawa residents this weekBookings will be available for COVID-19 vaccinations for more Ottawa residents today, and for more residents starting Wednesday, March 10. Starting Monday, March 8, residents who were born in or before 1941, or who are adult recipients of chronic home care, and who live in the following communities are eligible to book an appointment to receive their vaccine through a pop-up clinic. Appointments will take place starting Friday, March 12:Bayshore-BelltownCarson Groves-Carson MeadowsGreenboro EastHawthorne MeadowsHunt Club East – Western CommunityHunt Club ParkLowertownManor ParkOverbrook-McArthurParkwood HillsSheffield GlenStewart FarmVanier NorthVanier South Pop-up clinics will operate in these locations. Dates and times will be confirmed when you make your appointment.Albion-Heatherington Recreation Centre, 1560 Heatherington Road AMA Community Centre, 1216 Hunt Club Road Canterbury Recreation Complex, 2185 Arch StreetCentre Pauline-Charron, 164 Jeanne Mance St Emerald Plaza Branch of the Ottawa Public Library, 1547 Merivale Road Greenboro Community Centre, 363 Lorry Greenberg Drive Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue WestOverbrook Community Centre, 33 Quill Street Pat Clark Community Centre, 4355 Halmont Drive Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre, 102 Greenview Avenue St-Laurent Complex, 525 Côté Street Sawmill Creek Pool and Community Centre, 3380 D’Aoust Avenue Residents 90 and olderStarting Wednesday, March 10, Ottawa residents 90 and older (born in or before 1931) living anywhere in Ottawa will be able to book an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccination. Appointments will take place starting Friday, March 12 at the Nepean Sportsplex community vaccination clinic. Patient-facing health care workersStarting Wednesday, March 10, patient-facing health care workers (doctors, dentists, nurse practitioners, midwives, physiotherapists, etc.) will be able to visit OttawaPublicHealth.ca to pre-register for a vaccination appointment. They will get an email with the details of their appointment when it is their time in the vaccination sequencing. First Nations, Métis and Inuit populationsFirst Nation, Inuit and Métis community members who are aged 50 and older are currently eligible for vaccination. Akausivik Inuit Family Health Team is providing vaccinations for Inuit. To book an appointment or for more information, call 613-740-0999. Ottawa Public Health is partnering with Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health to provide a COVID-19 vaccination clinic for First Nation, Inuit and Métis community members aged 50 and older at the St-Laurent Complex, located at 525 Côté Street. For more information, please visit OttawaPublicHealth.ca/IndigenousVaccine Confirm your eligibilityTo confirm that you are eligible for vaccination, please visit Ottawa Public Health’s COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Screening Tool. Residents who were eligible in previous weeks remain eligible today and throughout the Citywide vaccination process. If you are unable to book an appointment when your eligibility is first announced, you can still receive the vaccine at a later date. Book your appointmentIf you are eligible, please call 613-691-5505 to book your appointment. Service providers can take your call between 7:30 am and 6 pm, Monday to Friday, and 8:30 am to 4 pm Saturday and Sunday. Service is available in multiple languages. We know that there is a high demand for these vaccines, so we expect very high call volume for these bookings. If you cannot reach a call agent, you can leave a message and someone will call you back to book an appointment. In addition, more community vaccination clinics will open across the city after a provincial booking system is put into place and vaccine supply increases. Eligible residents will also be able to book at these locations at that time. More information on the clinics and how to book will be available next week. Walk-ins will not be accepted, so please call in advance to book your appointment. We are asking residents who are not eligible for these clinics not to call this booking phone line, as it is only for eligible residents. Please help us keep phone lines open for those who are eligible to receive a vaccine. Bookings for Ottawa residents 90 and older will begin Wednesday, March 10. Residents are asked to not call the booking line before then as agents will not be able to book an appointment in advance of this. Accommodations will be made for residents who need help with accessibility and all clinic locations are accessible. If you are a Para Transpo user, you can book your ride to the pop-up clinic through the COVID-19 Vaccination Trip Reservation line at 613-842-3600. If a transportation option is not available to you, you can request a ride to and from the clinic when you book your vaccine appointment. BackgroundDue to the current limited supply of vaccine, those who are at the highest risk are being vaccinated first. Rates of COVID-19 in the neighbourhoods where residents are at highest risk of the virus are on average five times higher than in the rest of Ottawa. In some cases, they are 16 times higher. Risks for hospitalization and death are also higher. Limiting hospitalizations will help the whole community and protect our health care system. Pending vaccine availability, vaccinations will be rolled out in the coming weeks to additional neighbourhoods where residents are at the greatest risk of COVID-19. Residents who have previously been identified as being eligible can also access the newly announced pop-up clinics. Residents of all ages who are not yet eligible for the vaccine are encouraged to follow announcements on the City of Ottawa and OPH websites and social media channels, and from your local news media to learn when they can receive their vaccine. The Ontario government has identified adults aged 80 and older and adult recipients of chronic home care as priority groups to receive COVID-19 vaccinations during Phase 1 of the vaccine distribution plan. Please refer to Ontario’s vaccine distribution plan for details on other priority groups within Phase 1 of the plan. Caregivers, partners or roommates who were born after 1941 are not eligible at this time. The provincial government will make vaccines available to additional groups in Phase 2, including individuals with health conditions and people between the ages of 60 and 79. Vaccinations are expected to start for the oldest age group and decrease in five-year increments as vaccine supplies are available.