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COVID-19 vaccine Ottawa: Ottawa Public Health expands COVID-19 vaccine drop-in eligibility

COVID-19 vaccine Ottawa: Ottawa Public Health expands COVID-19 vaccine drop-in eligibility
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Ottawa Public Health makes walk-in appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine more easily accessible to education and child care workers, healthcare workers, pregnant people and anyone else age 60, and tens of thousands of doses are available.

In a public service announcement, the City of Ottawa said Ottawa Public Health had more than 40,000 appointments available this week.

As of Monday, drop-in centers for the above-mentioned groups will be able to be vaccinated at the following clinics:

EY Center – 4899 Uplands Dr.

  • January 10 – from: 7.45 a.m. to 8.10 p.m.

University of Ottawa – Minto Sports Complex – 801 King Edward Avenue.

  • January 10 – from: 7.45 a.m. to 8.10 p.m.

Nepean Sportsplex (Curling Rink – Entrance 4) – 1701 Woodroffe Ave.

  • January 10 – from: 7:45 a.m. to 7:10 p.m.

There is also a clinic set up at the Nepean Sportsplex especially for adults aged 60 and over and anyone who is pregnant. This clinic is by appointment only and you must call SPO directly at 613-691-5505 to reserve.

The health unit says adults over 60 are most at risk for complications from COVID-19. Nearly three-quarters of the 60 people treated for active COVID-19 infection in Ottawa hospitals are over 60, according to data from PHO.

Pregnant women are also encouraged to get the vaccine, as not only will this prevent the mother from potentially ending up in the hospital with complications from COVID-19, but the antibodies can protect the newborn baby as well.

Last week, several Ontario hospitals, including CHEO, issued an urgent appeal for pregnant women to be vaccinated after several infants were admitted to hospitals with COVID-19. Hospitals also noted that research has shown no adverse pregnancy outcomes in Ontario from COVID-19 vaccines.

This clinic is available at the following times:

Nepean Sportsplex, (Halls A and B) – 1701 Woodroffe Ave.

  • January 10 to 13 from 12:45 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.

  • January 14 to 16, 9:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

COVID-19 vaccine appointments can be booked at any time, there are open appointments on the Ontario COVID-19 vaccine booking portal. Participating pharmacies also offer doses, as do many primary care clinics.

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