In an effort to continue to increase access to the COVID-19 vaccine, the Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) will no longer require appointments at its Earl Nichols mass vaccination clinic site. The addition of more walk-in options is intended to make it easier for anyone who has yet to receive a first, second or booster dose of vaccine to get started towards being fully protected against COVID-19 and the Omicron variant.
London, ON – The Middlesex-London Health Unit is issuing its second Cold Weather Alert in less than a week, as winter weather and strong winds drive windchill values to near -20 today and -24 overnight, before temperatures plunge to an expected low of -18C into Friday morning. This Cold Weather Alert will remain in effect until midday tomorrow, when winds are expected to die down and the daytime high reaches -12C.
Over the next few days, residents in Middlesex-London might receive an automated phone call from Dr. Kieran Moore, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health. It’s not spam! It’s actually a super helpful reminder to get your booster dose, if you haven’t already.
The Middlesex-London Board of Health is pleased to announce that Emily Williams has been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of the Middlesex London Health Unit (MLHU), effective today. Ms. Williams joined the Health Unit in November 2020 as the Director of the MLHU’s Healthy Organization Division, with leadership responsibility over human resources, finance, information technology and other key functions. She has also served the Health Unit in a critical role as Logistics Lead for the COVID-19 vaccine program.
The Province of Ontario’s GO-VAXX bus mobile COVID-19 vaccination clinic will return to London on Sunday, January 16th, making a stop at the new East Lions Community Centre. Since the fall of 2021, the bus has travelled to many Ontario communities, increasing opportunities for local residents to get their COVID-19 vaccine and supporting residents who haven’t been able to access mass vaccination clinics. The GO-VAXX bus has made two previous visits to London’s Pond Mills neighbourhood.
With bitterly cold weather expected to sweep over the region tonight, causing temperatures to drop to a low of -17C and a windchill value of -26, the Middlesex-London Health Unit is issuing a Cold Weather Alert that will remain in effect until Sunday morning.
London and Middlesex County’s 1,000,000th dose of COVID-19 vaccine was administered yesterday. The Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) announced the milestone one year and 20 days after the vaccination effort kicked off at the Western Fair District Agriplex on December 23, 2020. Since then, an average of 2,597 doses of vaccine have been administered each day at settings ranging from mass vaccination clinics, hospitals, primary care practices and pharmacies, to long-term care and retirement homes, mobile and pop-up clinics, congregate living settings, workplaces and First Nations communities.
The Province of Ontario’s GO-VAXX bus mobile COVID-19 vaccination clinic will return to London’s Pond Mills neighbourhood on Saturday, January 8th. Since the fall of 2021, the bus has travelled to many Ontario communities, increasing opportunities for local residents to get their COVID-19 vaccine and supporting residents who haven’t been able to access mass vaccination clinics.
Following Updated Provincial Measures, Health Unit to Change Case Management and Reporting Processes
In response to yesterday’s announcement from Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) will be following the Province’s updated COVID-19 testing and isolation guidance and will also be changing how it reports and manages new cases. The arrival of COVID-19’s Omicron variant has led to a rapid increase in cases unlike any seen during the pandemic so far, setting daily case count records and increasing the demand for rapid and PCR testing that exceeds local and provincial capacity.
As it continues to administer third and booster doses of COVID-19 vaccine as quickly as possible, the Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) is reminding the community that the best vaccine to fight the pandemic virus is the one offered at your appointment. Starting today, and due to the limited supply of the Pfizer-BioNTech Comirnaty® vaccine in Ontario, the MLHU will be providing the Moderna Spikevax™ to clients over the age of 30. The Health Unit’s supply of adult Pfizer vaccine is being prioritized for those between the ages of 12 and 29, in accordance with National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) recommendations that Pfizer is the preferred vaccine for this age group.