The Middlesex-London Health Unit and the Municipality of Thames Centre announced today that water in the town’s distribution system exceeded the Province’s maximum acceptable concentration for haloacetic acids (HAA). HAAs are a group of byproducts that can form in drinking water systems when chlorine compounds used in the disinfection process react with naturally occurring organic material present in the water. Under Ontario’s Drinking Water Quality Standards, the Ministry of the Environment, Climate and Parks requires that the rolling annual average HAA concentration in a drinking water system not exceed 80 micrograms per litre, or 80 parts per billion. Based on testing done four times a year, the most recent rolling annual average HAA concentration for Thames Centre’s drinking water was 82.6 micrograms per litre.
The Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) is set to re-open its COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Westmount Shopping Centre this Thursday, October 6th. The location had previously been open in July, during which time staff delivered more than 1,600 doses of vaccine over a dozen scheduled clinics. The decision to re-open the clinic at Westmount was made to provide additional vaccination capacity for the MLHU and more opportunity for residents to receive the COVID-19 booster doses they are eligible for.
Following yesterday’s announcement from the Ministry of Health, the Middlesex-London Health Unit is offering the bivalent COVID-19 vaccine to all those over the age of 18 and those 12 to 17 years old who are immunocompromised, starting this morning. The Health Unit will also begin administering the new Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for infants aged between six months and under five years of age starting tomorrow.
The Middlesex-London Health Unit will be moving its COVID-19 Mass Vaccination Clinic at the Western Fair District Agriplex by the end of September. The COVID-19 vaccine has been offered at the Agriplex since December 23rd, 2020, when the first dose was administered there. More than 1.2 million doses of vaccine have been administered at sites across London and Middlesex County over the last 21 months.
The Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) is now offering the Moderna Spikevax bivalent vaccine as a booster dose to increase protection against COVID-19’s Omicron variant.
With the return of the Western Fair now just a week away, parking changes are in store for clients of the Middlesex-London Health Unit’s COVID-19 Mass Vaccination Clinic at the Western Fair District Agriplex. As of Tuesday, September 6th there will be no parking available in the lot on the South side of Florence Street next to the Agriplex building, as preparations get underway for the 2022 edition of the Fair. This lot will remain closed until Tuesday, September 20th, to allow for clean-up after the Fair ends on September 18th.
The world is shining a light today on the devastating toll that drug addiction and the opioid crisis have taken on our communities, as it marks International Overdose Awareness Day. The Middlesex-London Health Unit stands with its community partners today, supporting those living with addiction, remembering the lives lost to overdose, sharing in the grief of families and friends who have lost loved ones, and recognizing that the opioid crisis is not over.
Following today’s announcement from Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Kieran Moore, all children between the ages of five and 11 years-old will be eligible to receive a booster dose of the pediatric Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine starting on Thursday, September 1st. Children in this age group first became eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine on November 23rd, 2021. Today’s announcement had been anticipated, as both Health Canada and the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) had approved booster doses of the vaccine for this age group on August 19th.
The Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) is pleased to announce that Dr. Karalyn Dueck has been hired as the region’s temporary Acting Associate Medical Officer of Health (AMOH). Dr. Dueck’s appointment will begin on Monday September 12th for an initial period of six months.
The Province of Ontario’s GO-VAXX bus mobile COVID-19 vaccination clinic is returning to the Middlesex-London region to host a series of six clinics through the month of August. The bus will make its first stop at the North Middlesex Community Centre this Sunday, August 7th; from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.