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Hamilton expands COVID-19 vaccines to adults 85+ and shelter residents, workers

As Hamilton continues to inoculate the most vulnerable demographics with the COVID-19 vaccine, the city has announced it will begin opening vaccines to locals over the age of 85, and adding residents and workers in the local shelter system to its list of priority groups.

Hamilton Public Health Services has begun bringing their mobile vaccination clinic to shelter sites around the city to offer the COVID-19 vaccine to employees and residents; a means of protecting those experiencing homelessness in Hamilton as well as the workers on the front lines in the shelter system.

“The mobile clinic team is working collaboratively with the Shelter Health Network and shelter staff on the planning and implementation of pop-up mobile COVID-19 vaccination clinics for clients at all shelter sites from February 27th to March 2nd, 2021,” reads a release from the city.

Public health is working with shelters directly to make arrangements, and shelter workers are able to register for their vaccine on the city website.

COVID-19 vaccinations are also finally opening to residents aged 85 and above, beginning officially today – March 1st – at the new large-scale COVID-19 vaccine clinic at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton’s West 5th Campus.

Residents in that age group who have received hospital care in the last six months will be contacted with an appointment time, and members of this age group who haven’t will still be able to register for a vaccine by calling the Public Health COVID-19 Hotline at 905-974-9848, option 7. Vaccines will be available by appointment only; no walk-ins.

Beginning March 3rd, pop-up vaccine clinics will be also appearing at a number of locations including Saltfleet Community Centre in Stoney Creek, Municipal Service Centre in Mount Hope, Ancaster Rotary Club, Dundas Community Centre, Harry Howell Arena in Waterdown, and other sites to be announced later.

To read more about COVID-19 vaccine rollout in Hamilton, visit the city website.

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