It's now easier than ever to get vaccinated in London

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If you still haven't received your first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, now is your chance.

As of July 14, you no longer need an appointment to get a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

The Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) announced Tuesday that walk-ins for first doses will now be accepted at any of the region’s four mass vaccination clinics. That means first doses of the vaccine will be available at the Western Fair District Agriplex, North London Optimist Community Centre, Mount Brydges and Earl Nichols Recreation Centre COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics, up to an hour before closing time. According to the health unit, the limit on walk-ins during the last hour of operation is so that vials of the vaccine are used fully and that no partial vials are left over at the end of clinic operations each day.

“If you have not yet had your first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, you can now walk into any

area clinic, any time before 5 p.m. and get your shot,” said Medical Officer of Health for MLHU Dr. Chris Mackie.

“Getting vaccinated is more important than ever.”

As of July 5, 500,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in the region. Data collected in the two weeks prior to July 2 showed that of the COVID-19 cases reported to the health unit in that time, 92 percent were among individuals who were unvaccinated, while 8 percent were among individuals that were partially vaccinated.

In addition to the walk-in option at the region’s mass vaccination clinics, the MLHU also recently unveiled a series of Walk-in Pop-Up COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics scheduled over the next month that do not require appointments. A full list of where to find these clinics can be found here.

The walk-in option is ideal for Fanshawe students who are looking to live in residence in the fall, as the college announced in June that students will need to have at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine prior to their arrival, or within 14 days of their move-in date.