Algoma Public Health is advising that new eligible groups are now eligible for COVID-19 vaccination appointments at immunization clinics across Algoma, including the hub at GFL Memorial Gardens.
The Algoma district continues in Phase One of the provincial roll out of COVID-19 with immunization clinic sites in place across municipalities and First Nation communities in the Algoma District, operated by numerous health partners.
Based on confirmed provincial allocations to the Algoma Public Health Region for the remainder of March, the following provincial priority groups are now eligible to book for immunization at clinics across the Algoma District, including the COVID-19 Community Vaccine Hub being held at the GFL Memorial Gardens in Sault Ste. Marie on March 27-28, 2021:
- Health Care Workers (Highest, Very High, High, and Moderate Categories as per Guidance for Prioritizing Health Care Workers)
- Faith leaders who provide:
- End of life care
- Care of the deceased, funerals, bathing, or other ceremony with direct contact with deceased persons
- Home visits to unwell persons
- Pastoral care in hospitals/long-term care homes/retirement homes or other vulnerable settings.
- Staff and Essential Caregivers in long term care, retirement homes and other congregate care settings for seniors (e.g. assisted living)
- Indigenous Adults (18+ and Household Members)
- Older Adults (75 and older)
- Adult chronic home care recipients
Throughout Algoma, you can search for a clinic near you and follow the instructions for available clinics by municipality. As more clinics are added throughout Algoma, the above priority populations will have the opportunity to be vaccinated.
For clinics at the GFL Memorial Gardens in Sault Ste. Marie on March 27-28, 2021:
- Starting Wednesday March 24, 2021 at 10:00 am, these groups are welcome to book an appointment for their COVID-19 vaccination.
- To book an appointment online, please visit this link and click on ‘make appointment online’ under Sault Ste. Marie – GLF Memorial Gardens tab. The link will go live at 10:00 am on Wednesday March 24, 2021.
- To book an appointment by phone, call 705-541-2332 or Toll Free 1-800-469-2449. Phone lines will be open on March 24, 2021 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
- Blocks of appointments are based on vaccine supply. If you do not get an appointment for these upcoming clinics, don’t panic. More appointments will be made available for bookings in the near future.
- If you are eligible for COVID-19 immunization, and have one of the conditions below, please speak with your treating health care provider BEFORE attending your immunization appointment.
- Have an autoimmune condition or are immunocompromised due to disease or treatment
- People with booked appointments may bring one support person with them to the clinic. Only people with booked appointments will be immunized.
- Wait until 5 minutes before your scheduled appointment time to enter the building to maintain physical distancing and prevent any delays.
Indigenous Adults, aged 18 and older and their immediate household (must be 18+), regardless of Indigenous identity can access the COVID-19 Community Vaccine Hub at GFL Memorial Gardens or at clinics being held by the Sault Ste. Marie Indian Friendship Centre and Maamwesying North Shore Community Health Services. Please choose an option to get immunized that best fits with your schedule.
- To book at the GFL clinic, please call 705-541-2332 or online. OR
- To be put on the waiting list to be called for a future appointment at the Indian Friendship Centre, please call 705-256-5634.
Until the vaccine is widely available, we still need to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 in our region:
- Stay home as much as possible, and avoid gatherings, visiting or having close contact with people you don’t live with.
- Anyone who is ill, even with mild symptoms, must stay home and self-isolate away from others.
- Avoid all non-essential travel
- Wear a mask as required in indoor public spaces and outside when physical distancing cannot be maintained.