The province is expanding who is eligible to book their COVID-19 vaccination appointment starting on Monday, March 22.

Beginning on Monday, those aged 75-year-old and older will be able to book their COVID-19 vaccination appointment.

Those born in or before 1941, health care providers (if not vaccinated in their workplace), Indigenous adults, including Metis individuals, and adult home care recipients are currently able to book their first COVID-19 vaccination appointment.

Currently, populations that are eligible for a vaccine, but not aged 80-year-old and older, must complete the Northwestern Health Unit's survey. The information is sent to the Ministry of Health, daily, and those eligible will receive further information about booking appointments. Additionally, First Nations and Metis people are able to book their appointments through their local Indigenous health care provider or health access centre.

Vaccination clinics in the district will begin next week and Dr. Kit Young Hoon, Medical Officer of Health at the Northwestern Health Unit, encourages those who are eligible to book their appointments.

"We have spots available to eligible populations in our clinics and encourage anyone that is eligible to books," said Dr. Young Hoon.

The health unit will be offering community vaccine clinics in 13 communities on a rotating schedule. Clinics will be offered in 12 communities every two weeks and in Kenora every week, these clinics are by appointment only for those eligible.

The health unit is aiming to vaccine between 3,500 and 4,000 people per week but notes that is dependent on supply from the province.