More residents are now eligible for their COVID-19 vaccine. They include those with high-risk medical conditions and those who are pregnant.
“Those with high-risk health conditions are eligible to book an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine at one of our clinics or from their healthcare provider,” explains Medical Officer of Health with the Northwestern Health Unit, Dr. Kit Young-Hoon.
Expansion of high-risk conditions includes residents with:
- Obesity with a Body Mass Index greater than 40,
- Treatment causing immuno-suppression such as chemotherapy, or immunity weakening medication,
- Intellectual or developmental disabilities,
“And as of today, pregnancy was added to the highest-risk condition category. That means people who are pregnant are now eligible for the vaccine,” adds Young-Hoon.
Vaccine appointments for those with the highest risk health conditions, caregivers, and pregnant people are available by calling 1-833-943-3900 or through their healthcare provider.
Young-Hoon notes NWHU staff, volunteers and community partners have administered nearly 22,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine across their catchment area.
Other groups that are still eligible to sign-up for the provincial COVID-19 vaccination booking system include anyone aged 60 years or older, healthcare workers, Indigenous adults and those in long-term care homes.
More information on booking an appointment can be found HERE.
Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms or who has been in contact with a positive case of the virus is asked to immediately self-isolate, get tested and remain in isolation until your test results are known.