With more shipments of the COVID-19 vaccine coming to Canada, Ottawa Public Health says it’s preparing for the opening of a planned pop-up vaccination clinic in the city.
OPH will make an announcement on Monday about how those eligible residents can book their appointments to get the vaccine at the clinic that is scheduled to open next Friday.
Residents should not call OPH or 311 at this time, the city said, as no appointments can be booked until next week.
Information on that booking process will be available after the weekend.
When booking next week, only residents who were born in or before 1941, or who are adult recipients of chronic home care and who living in the following communities will be able to book appointments:
- Emerald Woods
- Heron Gate
- Sawmill Creek
Because of the limited supply of vaccines, those who are at the highest risk will be vaccinated first.
Rates of COVID-19 in the high-risk neighbourhoods are on average five times higher than in the rest of Ottawa, OPH said. In some cases, however, they are 16 times higher.
“Pending vaccine availability, vaccinations will be rolled out to more high-risk neighbourhoods in the coming weeks,” OPH said in an announcement. “When there is an increase in vaccine supply, vaccinations will begin at community clinics for all other Ottawa residents who are over 80 years old or who are adult recipients of chronic home care.”
This, they said, is expected to happen in late March.
If there is enough vaccine supply, though, these community clinics could happen sooner, OPH added.