Local pharmacies now offering AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccinations

To be eligible residents must be at least 55 years old and have a valid OHIP card or other form of government-issued ID

WELLINGTON COUNTY – Pharmacies in Erin, Fergus and Guelph are among those offering AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccinations for eligible people aged 55 or older.

The Ontario government announced on April 1 it is increasing capacity in its COVID-19 vaccine rollout with the addition of over 350 additional pharmacies and more primary care settings across the province.

The expansion brings the total number of pharmacies offering the vaccine to nearly 700 – and officials say the number could reach 1,500 by the end of the month.

“Thanks to the hard work of our dedicated frontline health care providers, Ontario’s vaccine rollout in primary care settings and pharmacy settings has been a success,” stated health minister Christine Elliott.

“With more locations coming on board, these settings will make receiving the COVID-19 vaccine easier and more convenient for eligible populations across the province. I encourage everyone to sign up when it’s their turn.”

The following pharmacies in Guelph and Wellington County are now offering the vaccine:

Those interested must have an appointment to get vaccinated at a participating pharmacy. They can either call the pharmacy or visit its website to book an appointment.

To receive the vaccine residents must be 55 years old or older in 2021 and have a valid Ontario health (OHIP) card, or other form of valid government-issued identification.

Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health spokesperson Danny Williamson suggested anyone with an existing appointment to be vaccinated at a public health clinic can cancel their appointment if they choose instead to be vaccinated at a pharmacy.

“It would be ideal if they cancelled, but the same system underlies all registrations,” he told the Advertiser.

“In that way, there’s no way someone could be double dosed or dosed with the wrong second dose in the future.”