Vaccinations begin next week for adults 80 and older in high-risk communities

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The COVID-19 vaccine will be available next week to Ottawa residents who are 80 years old and older or who are adult recipients of chronic home care and who live in neighbourhoods where rates of COVID-19 are highest.

Details of the pop-up vaccination clinic, including how to book and hours of operation, will be announced Monday, March 1.

Only residents who are 80 years old and older or who are adult recipients of chronic home care who live in the following communities will be able to receive a vaccine starting Friday, March 5:

  • Emerald Woods
  • Heatherington
  • Ledbury
  • Heron Gate
  • Ridgemont
  • Riverview
  • Sawmill Creek

Due to the current limited supply of vaccine, those who are at the highest risk of catching COVID-19 are being vaccinated first. Rates of COVID-19 in the high-risk neighbourhoods are on average five times higher than in the rest of Ottawa. In some cases, they are 16 times higher. Risks for hospitalization and death are also higher. Limiting hospitalizations will help the whole community.

Pending vaccine availability, vaccinations will be rolled out to more high-risk neighbourhoods in the coming weeks. This information will be released weekly and promotion will be directed at residents in those neighbourhoods being served. Adult recipients of chronic home care will be contacted directly.

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 is expected to take place in late March. If there is enough vaccine supply, these community clinics could open sooner.

Residents of all ages who are not yet eligible for the vaccine are encouraged to follow announcements on the City of Ottawa and OPH websites and social media channels, and from your local news media.

The Ontario government has identified adults aged 80 and older and adult recipients of chronic home care as priority groups to receive COVID-19 vaccinations during Phase 1 of the vaccine distribution plan. Please refer to Ontario’s vaccine distribution plan for details on other priority groups within Phase 1 of the plan.Caregivers, partners or roommates who are under 80 years old are not eligible at this time

Visit ottawa.ca for more information on the City’s vaccine distribution plan.

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