World news – Ottawa will receive 89,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine over the next two weeks and opens new appointments for residents 70 and older

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Healthcare worker Thi Nguyen will administer the Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine to a patient at a COVID-19 clinic in Ottawa on Tuesday, March 30, 2021. (Sean Kilpatrick / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

OTTAWA –
Mayor Jim Watson says the city of Ottawa will receive 89,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine over the next two weeks, opening up more appointments for residents 70 and older to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

In a statement on Friday morning, the city said it has confirmed delivery of additional doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and is able to offer more vaccination appointments to eligible residents.

« We are receiving just over 89,000 doses for our community clinics in the various communities for the next two weeks. This is very good news, » said Watson in an interview with CTV News at Six Suker Christina Succi on Friday.

« I got feedback on social media all day, people could get appointments – that was something they were very frustrated with. »

People born in or before 1951 can now book appointments at the Ottawa City Community Clinics between April 8 and April 21.

Last Monday, Ontario expanded eligibility to receive the COVID-19 vaccine to residents 70 and over in the city of Ottawa. All appointments were booked in Ottawa by April 7th within a few hours.

When you book an appointment through the provincial booking system, you will receive a confirmation code. Bring the code with you when you go to your appointment.

To book an appointment, you can visit Ontario’s online booking system or call the provincial vaccine booking number at 1-833-943-3900 between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. seven days a week.

After Watson raised concerns last week that Ottawa did not receive a fair share of COVID-19 vaccines, the city is seeing some progress.

« We’re making some progress and making up for the fact that we didn’t get our fair share, » said Watson. « We have pushed the province hard and to their credit they are coming here in large quantities in Ottawa and Eastern Ontario. »

The city will receive 11,500 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, which will be distributed to primary caregivers and doctors.

34 pharmacies in Ottawa will be giving COVID-19 vaccinations to residents aged 55 and over as early as Saturday. For more information, please contact the pharmacy.

Councilor Mathieu Fleury says there needs to be more pharmacies in the city center offering the COVID-19 vaccine.

« From Rideau Shoppers, the closest one that encompasses the core of the city is Richmond (street), which is really far west, » said Fleury on Sunday.

« There are only thousands of residents who would qualify for vaccination. We want vaccinations not to be a barrier. »

The mayor said Thursday the city hopes the province will allow more downtown pharmacies to offer the COVID-19 vaccine as vaccine supplies increase.

Ottawa Public Health reports that 124,462 people received the first shot while 26,824 people received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Thirteen percent of registered residents in Ottawa received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The Ontario government says that when booking an appointment, they will ask for the following information:

Mayor Watson said 11,500 doses will be delivered to pharmacies in Ottawa at 6 a.m. during an interview on CTV News. The cans are given to first responders.

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Ref: https://ottawa.ctvnews.ca

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