Photo courtesy of Chatham-Kent Public Health.

The Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit is ramping up its vaccine rollout once again, lowering the eligible age range to 50+, or those born in 1971 or earlier. 

The new requirements, which go into effect on Thursday, also include remaining elementary and high school education workers including custodial staff, and school bus drivers; child care workers; and those in the food production and agri-farm sectors.

The new eligibility categories that can begin booking appointments this Thursday are:

Individuals age 50+ (Born in 1971 or earlier)

People who cannot work from home in one of the following occupation categories:
-Remaining elementary and secondary school workers (including educators, custodial staff, school bus drivers, administrative staff)
-Workers responding to critical events (including police, fire, special constables, children’s aid society workers, emergency management, critical infrastructure restoration workers)
-Enforcement, inspection and compliance roles (including by-law enforcement, building inspectors, food inspectors, animal welfare inspectors, border inspection officers, labour inspectors, WSIB field workers)
-Remaining individuals working in licensed childcare settings (including all licensees, employees and students on educational placements who interact directly with children in licensed childcare centres and in authorized recreation and skill building programs, licensed home child care and in-home service providers, employees of home child care agencies)
-Foster care agency workers (including customary care providers) o Food manufacturing and distribution workers
-Agriculture and farm workers
-Funeral, crematorium and cemetery workers

Appointments at the Bradley Centre and the two upcoming mobile clinics in Wallaceburg and Blenheim are still being booked through the municipal site or by calling the local call centre – 519-351-1010.