An area of Guelph has been declared a COVID-19 hot spot, allowing people living there aged 50 and older to register for vaccination.
Provincial officials announced hot spots Tuesday in 13 health units, including the section of Guelph with the postal code prefix of N1K. For the most part, it covers the area between Paisley Road and Wellington Road 124, and Elmira Road to the Hanlon Expressway.
“COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted certain neighbourhoods and communities,” states Ontario’s COVID-19 Vaccination Plan update document. “Delivering vaccines to people who live in these communities is critical to reducing the impact of COVID-19 as quickly as possible.”
The 2016 census shows the area had a population of 9,266 people, of which more than 3,500 are aged 50 and older, with 2,880 dwellings.
“We’ll have this up and running in the next few days through the normal process,” Danny Williamson, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Health Unit spokesperson, said of hot spot vaccination registrations.
To pre-register, visit wdgpublichealth.ca/register or call 1-844-780-0202. Public health officials will reach out to confirm an appointment day and time.
Anyone in phase 1 or 2 of the provincial vaccination plan can also register to be vaccinated. That includes people age 60 and older, Indigenous adults, long-term care residents and staff, people with serious health conditions, and many others.