WECHU says there’s no local change in vaccine registration

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit has asked residents to continue using their registration system if they are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced on Sunday that the province-wide booking system would go live at 8 a.m. Monday. However, the health unit says nothing changes locally.

“Adults 80 years of age and older throughout the province will be guided to either make an appointment through the new provincial booking system or to their local public health unit if there is already a booking system or call centre in place,” said health unit spokesman Michael Janisse in an email to Blackburn News.

The health unit’s online system has been live since February 25, open to those 80 and older, and residents without internet access can call and register that way. Once the information is provided, residents will be selected randomly and then contacted to book an appointment.

Ford on Sunday called the provincial system an important step in the fight against COVID-19.

“We are making steady progress in the execution of our vaccine distribution plan, and the launching of the online booking system is another major milestone,” said Ford. “Please be patient, as we get more supply, the vaccine will be offered to more people.”

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit’s booking system can be accessed here.