January 6, 2021
First District Offers Guidance to People Seeking COVID Vaccination
A coalition of medical providers in the First District Health Unit service area is working diligently to assure that the incoming COVID-19 vaccine is made available to people as quickly, efficiently and equitably as possible. Because the initial supply of vaccine will not be sufficient for the entire population, distribution of the vaccine is guided by the priorities set by the State’s Advisory Committee on COVID-19 Vaccination Ethics. The prioritized phases can be found at here.
Private health care facilities and local public health are contacting prioritized groups to be vaccinated at this time. These vaccinations are given by appointment. If you belong to one of the identified priority groups, you may also be notified or contacted through your employer, agency, professional association or other group.
Many providers will communicate directly with their eligible patients to arrange vaccination. Medical facilities may email or phone patients who are eligible for the vaccine, or make announcements in local media. Because the vaccine supply is not predictable at this point, you may not be contacted until your provider has the vaccine in hand.
The vaccinations priorities established by the Ethics Committee are listed below. People are asked to practice patience while waiting for the vaccine to become available to them. Details of the priority tiers within the phases can be found at here:
Phase 1A: Health Care Workers and Long-Term Care Residents
Phase 1B: Older individuals, people with underlying health conditions, other congregate settings, childcare workers, and employees of preschools and kindergarten through 12th grade
Phase 1C: Essential workers and people of any age at increased risk for COVID-19
Phase 1A priority groups are presently eligible for vaccination by appointment. At this time, there is no mechanism for people in other phases to preregister or join a waiting list for vaccinations by First District Health Unit or Trinity Health. The public is urged to watch the local news, social media and the First District website for announcements regarding who is eligible for vaccination.