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All area residents 16 and older now eligible to pre-register for vaccine

May still be June before they actually get it under Phase 3
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Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health has announced that anyone 16 and over can now pre-register to get vaccinated, although it may still be June before it actually happens.

"As the region pushes toward the goal of vaccinating at least 75 per cent of residents by June 2021, partners are working to reduce barriers to vaccination and provide the resources and supports residents need to get vaccinated. To that end, today, Public Health is announcing pre-registration for Phase 3 vaccinations. That means all residents (age 16+) of the region are eligible to pre-register for their vaccination," says a Public Health news release.

"As residents eligible under Phase 3 pre-register, it is important to remember that local vaccinations still follow the Province’s vaccination framework. That means many residents who are Phase 3 eligible will likely not be vaccinated until June. However, pre-registering is still the best way for residents to ensure they receive a vaccine as soon as it is their turn."

Tuesday the local health unit expects to have given at least one dose to 25 per cent of its target (which is 75 per cent of those eligible by June).

“This is something to celebrate,” said Dr. Nicola Mercer, Medical Officer of Health and CEO of WDG Public Health, in the news release. “Public Health and all local vaccination partners continue to work aggressively toward vaccinating our region as quickly as possible.

“Now that all of us can pre-register for a vaccine appointment, I encourage everyone to do so as soon as possible,” said Dr. Mercer. “Safe, effective vaccines are our best way to fight COVID-19, protect our region and move back toward a more familiar way of life.”

For more information on pre-registering for the COVID-19 vaccine, please visit wdgpublichealth.ca/register.