Ottawa expands COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to people born in or before 1931

Ottawa is opening up COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to everyone who turned or are turning 90 years old this year, and has expanded its list of higher-risk neighbourhoods.

City also adds 14 neighbourhoods to its high-risk list

A senior getting their COVID-19 vaccine at the Albion-Heatherington Community Centre in Ottawa on its opening day on March 5, 2021. Ottawa's vaccine campaign is expanding to more people, including some across the city. (Francis Ferland/CBC)

The City of Ottawa is adding more pop-up COVID-19 vaccine clinics to cover certain people in 14 higher-risk neighbourhoods and opening up eligibility to everyone who turned or is turning 90 years old this year.

Anyone born in or before 1931 can call 613-691-5505 for an appointment starting Wednesday, no matter where they live in the city. Their clinic will start at the Nepean Sportsplex on Friday.

The city announced last week that people living in certain high-risk neighbourhoods who were either born in or before 1941 or are adults getting home care for a chronic health condition can get their vaccines. People in this category who have not gotten their first vaccine already can still register by calling 613-691-5505 to get an appointment.

The newly added neighbourhoods, where people are considered to be at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19, are:

  • Bayshore-Belltown.
  • Carson Grove-Carson Meadows.
  • Greenboro East.
  • Hawthorne Meadows.
  • Hunt Club East - Western Community.
  • Hunt Club Park.
  • Lowertown.
  • Manor Park.
  • Overbrook-McArthur.
  • Parkwood Hills.
  • Sheffield Glen.
  • Stewart Farm.
  • Vanier North.
  • Vanier South.

These communities join a list of handful of others already identified as high-risk in Ottawa — like Ledbury, Herongate and Heatherington.

Vaccines will start being given to those people on Friday by appointment only. The phone lines are open seven days a week, with services in multiple languages, and people can leave a message to have someone call them back

WATCH | Ottawa's first pop-up clinics opened on Friday:

‘I am thrilled’: Vaccine appointments open up for more Ottawans

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Norma O’Connor, 90, says she felt privileged to receive the COVID-19 vaccine Friday at the Albion-Heatherington Recreation Centre.

People can check eligibility online. The date, time and place of an appointment will be given when they book. Pop-up clinics are now coming to more places such as City Hall and the Overbrook and Greenboro community centres.

Other health-care workers can pre-register

Also on Wednesday, tens of thousands of health-care workers in various sectors will be able to pre-register for an appointment so they'll get an email when it's their turn.

Those workers include midwives, dentists, primary care workers, community-based specialists, walk-in clinic staff, among others.

Pre-registration will be also open to all front-line and "patient-facing" employees in health-care settings, including custodians, security personnel and reception staff.

Indigenous people age 50 and over are now eligible for a vaccine.

As of the last update Friday, more than 57,000 vaccine doses had been given out in Ottawa.

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