Hamilton residents aged 70 and older can now book an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine at city-run facilities.
The city is one of 11 health units selected by the province to move on to the age group due to due to healthcare partners making significant progress during Phase 1 of the province’s reopening framework.
As of Monday, public health says around 91,000 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Around 48,000 people have received a shot through the Hamilton Health Sciences fixed clinic, another 16,000 through St. Joe’s, around 5,000 at FirstOntario, and just over 22,000 through mobile clinics.
The numbers indicate that about 12 per cent of the city’s eligible population have received at least one shot.
During an update on Monday afternoon, the city’s medical officer of health said the move to the next target the next age group in the province’s vaccine plan was due to “sufficient vaccine” supply.
Dr. Elizabeth Richardson says it’s also expected that public health and it partners will do more “fine tuning” of the vaccine roll out in connection with areas of spread which will likely see shots distributed to more people outside of the provinces standardized targets.
“There have been slightly different approaches based on what’s happening in communities, based on the systems that are being used and the ability to fine tune sort of distribution groups, as well as the vaccine supply and uptake locally in terms of what people choose to do, said Richardson.
Appointments for those who are 70 and older can be booked at the city’s large-scale clinic at found hamilton.ca.
Those without internet or computer access, or who do not have a valid Ontario photo health card, can call Public Health Services at 905-974-9848, option 7.
The province says that 64,950 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine were administered on Sunday and that a total of 1,981,282 vaccines have been given across Ontario so far.
Other regions that have begun vaccinating residents aged 70 and over include Niagara, Ottawa, Peel, and York.