COVID-19 vaccines being offered to more people in Chatham-Kent

A public health nurse administers the COVID-19 vaccine. (File photo by Miranda Chant, Blackburn News)

The COVID-19 vaccine is now being offered to younger age groups in Chatham-Kent.

The local public health unit announced on Monday morning that those between 70 years and 74 can call the COVID-19 Vaccination Line at 519-351-1010 to book an appointment. Residents 70 years and over with a last name starting with A-M can call Monday, Wednesday, and Friday while residents 70 years and over with a last name starting with N-Z can call Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Those booking appointments can leave a message 24 hours a day Monday to Friday.

Chatham-Kent Public Health said it may take some time to return calls because of the expected high number of bookings.

“It may take a few days before your call is returned. You do not need to call back,” Chatham-Kent Public Health said in a statement released on Monday morning. “This new age bracket includes a larger segment of our population. Please be patient as our staff will need a number of days to return your call.”

Staff members at the mass vaccination clinic 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.

Bookings for second doses of the vaccine are not currently being scheduled because of recent provincial changes allowing 16 weeks between doses. Bookings are not being accepted for the general public either.

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