This past Thursday marked the one-year anniversary since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. So much has happened since that fateful day; we have had to change the way we work, the way we communicate and socialize. We have had to change the way we live.
This pandemic has undoubtedly taken a toll on people’s physical and mental well-being. Many left feeling like they have been caught in a time warp, struggling to see the light at the end of the tunnel. This week that light started to shine through. Residents who were born in or before 1941, adult recipients of chronic home care, and those who live in select neighbourhoods in addition to In addition to First Nation, Inuit and Métis community members who are aged 50 and older, started to book appointments to receive their first dose of the COVID 19 vaccine.
As you can appreciate Ottawa Public Health (OPH) received a significant call volume once their lines opened on Wednesday. Residents are advised not to call for appointments today or on the weekend and to wait until Monday March 15th when the provincial online boking system opens.
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 local news media, to learn when they can receive their vaccine. These are also the best way for residents to learn when the provincial booking system goes live on March 15
To make finding vaccine information a little easier, the City of Ottawa has created the COVID-19 Vaccine Update e-subscription. Sign up today and you’ll receive the latest updates on vaccine distribution in the city, delivered to your inbox. It will also include a weekly roundup of COVID-19 and vaccine-related information every Friday.
All residents, even those who are not yet eligible for the vaccine, are encouraged to register for the e-subscription. It will keep you informed on:
- who is eligible for the vaccine
- where clinics are held
- how and when you can schedule an appointment
- the latest vaccine information
To sign up for the e-subscription, make sure you choose the first item: COVID-19 Vaccine Update.
Thank you to Dr. Vera Etches and the team at OPH for their exhaustive efforts supporting our community this past year and as we continue to move forward to the light at the end of the tunnel.
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