The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit has issued a statement urging residents to refrain from contacting the Health Unit directly for adult COVID-19 booster immunizations. Manager of Clinical Services, Jennifer Adams, emphasized that the Health Unit is transitioning away from large-scale community-based vaccine clinics as the region adapts to coexisting with COVID-19.
“While some neighbouring health units are starting to book appointments in their community clinics, we are not currently equipped to run large-scale vaccine clinics,” said Jennifer Adams. “We want to ensure that our residents are aware of the updated vaccination information.”
Influenza (Flu Shots) Updates:
The Health Unit will not be conducting community-based clinics for influenza vaccines. The highest-risk groups are eligible to receive the flu vaccine in October. Participating pharmacies and healthcare providers will start receiving the vaccine during the week of October 16th.
COVID-19 Vaccines (Including Fall Boosters) Updates:
Similar to flu shots, the Health Unit will not be organizing community-based clinics for COVID-19 vaccines. High-risk groups are eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccines in October. Participating pharmacies and healthcare providers will commence administering the new XBB vaccine starting the week of October 16th.
Priority Population Groups Eligible for Onsite COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics:
The Health Unit will host onsite COVID-19 vaccine clinics exclusively for the following priority population groups:
- Children aged 12 years and under
- Individuals aged 12 years and older requiring a primary vaccine series
- Marginalized and vulnerable populations, including those unhoused and residing in group homes
- Individuals aged 12 and older seeking the Novavax vaccine (XBB may be available at the end of December)
RSV Vaccine Updates:
A new RSV vaccine called Arexvy is available this fall and is approved for use in adults aged 60 years and older. For this fall’s respiratory virus season, only residents of Long Term Care facilities and specified Retirement Homes will receive the vaccine for free.
The Health Unit will provide regular updates on their website’s front page as more information becomes available. Residents without internet access can call 1-800-660-5853 for further assistance.
For more information, please visit healthunit.org.