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People over 50 years of age and essential workers who cannot work from home in Middlesex-London are now eligible to roll up their sleeve for a COVID-19 vaccine.

The Middlesex London Health Unit made the announcement Wednesday, with bookings available starting at 8 a.m. Thursday.

The full list of eligible essential workers includes:

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  • Elementary and secondary school workers, including teachers, custodians, school bus drivers and administrative staff.
  • Workers responding to critical events, including police, fire fighters, special constables, children’s aid workers, emergency management, critical infrastructure and restoration workers.
  • Enforcement, inspection and compliance workers, including bylaw officers, building inspectors, food inspectors, animal welfare inspectors, border inspection officers and labour inspectors.
  • Foster care agency workers.
  • Food manufacturing and distribution workers.
  • Funeral , crematorium and cemetery workers.

The list of eligible workers falls under “group one” from Phase Two of Ontario’s vaccine rollout plan.

Last week, it was announced that anyone 18 and older working at a licensed child care centre is now eligible for a shot. Anyone 16 and older with a high-risk health condition is also eligible.

How to book your shot:

Essential workers who cannot work from home will require a username and password from their employer to book their vaccination appointment. Employers can pre-register here.

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Anyone 50 years of age or older can book their appointment online at www.covidvaccinelm.ca starting at 8 a.m. You can also call 226-289-3560 between 8 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. daily.

Vaccines are also available for anyone 40 and over at participating pharmacies across the region. Bookings are done through the pharmacies and a list of available locations can be found here.

According to the health unit, there have now been over 170,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Middlesex-London since March 2.

For additional information on the health unit’s vaccination rollout, you can visit their website here.

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