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London region opens vaccine clinics to those 60 and older starting tomorrow | CBC News

The Middlesex-London Health Unit and Southwestern Public Health are opening up vaccination clinics for those aged 60 and older beginning on Tuesday. 

Those born in 1961 or earlier can book an appointment to get their first dose as of 8 a.m. tomorrow. A week ago, first-dose appointments were opened up to those 65 and older. 

“We continue to try to expand eligibility to additional age groups, as we continue to ensure that the vaccine we have on hand is put into arms as quickly as possible,” said Dr. Alex Summers, Middlesex-London’s associate medical officer of health.

“In addition to opening the booking system to those born in 1961 or earlier, we will also be booking vaccine appointments within a four-week window tomorrow, so we expect there will be many appointments available.”

Cases are “rising dramatically” locally and across the province, and medical officers of health want to protect as many people as possible with a first dose of the vaccine, said Dr. Joyce Lock, the medical officer of health for Southwestern Public Health, which covers St. Thomas, Woodstock, and the counties of Elgin and Oxford. 

“Patience will be required as demand does exceed supply right now. And compliance with the provincial Stay at Home order is absolutely critical at this time,” Lock said.

Phone bookings are available but not recommended because the high volume of calls makes getting through very difficult.

Those able to do so should book appointments online at www.covidvaccinelm.ca.

The phone number to book is 226-289-3560.

Indigenous vaccinator are available at the Agriplex Clinic Monday to Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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