News Release: Adults 30 Years and Older and the Second Group of Essential Workers Who Cannot Work from Home Can Now Book a COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment
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Issued: Wednesday, May 12, 2021 | 9:30 a.m. | Windsor-Essex County
As of 9:30 a.m., the following groups are now eligible to book a COVID-19 vaccine at any targeted vaccination clinic:
- Adults 30 years and older, born in 1991 or earlier, in non-hot spot postal codes and
- The second group of essential workers who cannot work from home. The full list of essential workers can be found on page 21 of the Ministry of Health guidance document and are listed below.
The Pfizer BioNTech or Moderna vaccines are being administered at the targeted vaccination clinics and appointments are required with no walk-ins permitted. All appointments at targeted COVID-19 vaccination clinics are currently for first doses only and must be scheduled through the online booking system or by calling the vaccination booking call centre at 226-773-2200.
Everyone that schedules an appointment will be asked to attest that they meet the current eligibility criteria to book an appointment. They will also be asked to bring a health card or a government-issued photo ID (if they do not have a health card) to confirm their appointment. Examples of acceptable government-issued photo ID include a driver's license, a passport, a Status Card, or other provincial health card. Public Health takes vaccine prioritization seriously. Providing false information may result in cancellation of your appointment.
Individuals currently 18 years of age and older and living in Windsor-Essex County can also now sign up to be on the COVID-19 Vaccine Waitlist through the online booking system. The waitlist is used across all targeted vaccination clinics and you will only be contacted if a time slot becomes available the day that you select. Selecting a time slot does not mean that you have an appointment. Please do not go to a clinic unless you are called and approved for an appointment. Waitlist registrations are for first doses only. Those attempting to book second doses through this method will be turned away.
Despite the vaccine rollout, we must continue to practice public health measures to help prevent further spread of COVID-19 in our community:
- Maintain a 2 metre distance from others.
- Limit your contacts to your household only.
- Wash your hands with soap and water thoroughly and often.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Use a medical or non-medical mask (e.g., cloth) in public settings.
- Cover mouth & nose with a tissue or use the inside of your elbow when you cough or sneeze.
- Stay home and do not go to work or school if you are sick.
Second Group of Essential Workers Who Cannot Work from Home
From page 21 of the Ministry of Health guidance document
- Essential and critical retail workers (including grocery, foodbank and non-clinical pharmacy workers, ServiceOntario workers, ServiceCanada and Passport Canada workers, wholesalers and general goods, restaurant workers, LCBO)
- Workers in manufacturing industries directly involved in supporting the COVID19 response, construction including infrastructure, and other essential businesses and services where facilities are at heightened risk for COVID-19 outbreaks and spread.
- Social workers and other social services staff providing in-person client services (including youth justice workers, OW and ODSP case workers)
- Courts and justice system workers (including probation and parole workers)
- Transportation, warehousing and distribution workers (including public transit workers, taxi drivers, truck drivers supporting essential services, marine and rail cargo and maintenance, highway maintenance)
- Electricity (including workers employed in system operations, generation, transmission, distribution and storage).
- Communications infrastructure workers (including cellular, satellite, landline, internet, public safety radio)
- Water and wastewater management workers
- Financial services workers (bank branch staff)
- Veterinarians and veterinary teams
- Waste management workers
- Oil and petroleum workers (including those working in petroleum refineries; those involved in the storage, transmission and distribution of crude oil and petroleum products and those needed for the retail sale of fuel).
- Natural gas and propane gas workers (including those working in the compression, storage, transmission and distribution of natural gas and propane)
- Mine workers (including those needed to ensure the continued operation of active mines)
- Uranium processing workers (those working in the refining and conversion of uranium, and fabrication of fuel for nuclear power plants).