Mass vaccination sites are being planned across northwestern Ontario, and will be up and running once the region receives more COVID-19 vaccines.

Medical Officer of Health with the Northwestern Health Unit, Dr. Kit Young Hoon, explains consultations are underway to determine the best locations for each vaccination site.

“We are having those conversations now across most of our communities,” she said, during Friday’s regional media conference. “There will be mass clinics happening when we have a lot more vaccines. It’s not useful to do mass clinics with only a small amount of the vaccine.”

Young Hoon explains that while locations in these communities haven’t been selected, mass vaccination sites are being planned for: Kenora, Dryden, Red Lake, Ear Falls, Ignace, Sioux Lookout, Rainy River, Emo, Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls, Fort Frances, Pickle Lake and Atikokan.

Kenora-Rainy River MPP Greg Rickford confirmed Kenora would be hosting one of Ontario’s mass vaccination sites last week, expected to be at the Kenora Recreation Centre, after council directed staff to remove the ice surface last month.

Young Hoon adds staff are also working with community partners and Indigenous organizations to plan and develop community clinics within First Nation communities, outside of Ornge’s Operation Remote Immunity in the Nishnawbe-Aski Nation.

Seniors aged 80 or older are able to book their COVID-19 vaccination appointment as of March 15, announced by provincial leadership last Wednesday.

Retired General Rick Hillier, who leads the vaccine’s rollout in Ontario, added that those in the other age brackets will be able to book their appointments two weeks prior to their brackets vaccination date.

April 15 - Those over the age of 75 will be able to book their COVID-19 vaccination appointments.
May 1 - Those over the age of 70 will be able to book their COVID-19 vaccination appointments.
June 1 - Those over the age of 65 will be able to book their COVID-19 vaccination appointments.
July 1 - Those over the age of 60 will be able to book their COVID-19 vaccination appointments.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has repeatedly said that every Canadian who wants to get vaccinated will be able to by the end of September, 2021.

Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms, or who has been in contact with a positive case, is asked to self-isolate, get tested, and remain in isolation until your test results are known.

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