Beginning on Tuesday, March 9, 2021, the COVID-19 vaccine will be available for residents of Central Newfoundland aged 85 and older. The vaccine will be administered by the public health vaccination teams in a phased approach in several larger centres across Central Newfoundland including Buchans, Baie Verte, Harbour Breton, Gander, Grand Falls Windsor, Lewisporte, Botwood, Springdale, Brookfield, Twillingate, Fogo.
As we move forward, clinics will roll out in other communities and/or smaller sites within the Central region. As logistics are still being finalized based on a review of pre-registration data, next week for example, we will offer clinics in Change Islands, St. Alban’s and Glovertown areas. Residents who do not reside in one of the larger centres, but live within the Health Service Areas identified above, and meet the age criteria will be offered the opportunity to travel to that hub site for appointments if they prefer not to wait. If someone has pre-registered and did not accept an appointment at the larger centre in their area, they will remain in the queue for an appointment at another clinic. We may not reach every community, similar to the annual influenza campaign and there may be a short distance that individuals will have to travel.
Vaccination will be by appointment only and available for people who have pre-registered to receive the vaccine. Those who have pre-registered will be contacted to set up their appointment. For any person who provided email as a contact method, please watch your inbox over the next few days to get instructions on how to self-schedule.
If you have not pre-registered to receive the vaccine and you are over the age of 70, please click here to pre-register.
Central Health is following provincial and national guidance on COVID-19 vaccination for priority populations. More information regarding continued implementation of COVID-19 vaccination clinics within the region will be shared in the coming weeks. While waiting for your opportunity for vaccination, and even after you have been vaccinated, it is important for everyone to continue to follow public health guidance to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your communities.
Wearing a mask and keeping 2 metres distance;
Washing your hands frequently;
Respecting public health guidance on gatherings, travel and quarantine.
Staying home and calling 8-11 if you feel sick;
Central Health will continue to communicate as additional vaccine information becomes available and more clinics are set up. For more information on COVID-19 vaccines, please visit Health Canada. For up-to-date information around the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit www.gov.nl.ca/covid-19.
Gayle St. Croix