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Issued: Monday, May 31, 2021 | 8 a.m. | Windsor-Essex County

As of 8 a.m. this morning, adults 80 years and older, who received their first COVID-19 vaccine dose more than 28 days ago, are now eligible to book their second dose at a mass vaccination clinic, local pharmacy, or healthcare provider office that is administering vaccines. Residents 80+ do not need to receive the second vaccine in the same location as the first, but you will need to ensure that the site, pharmacy, or healthcare provider is offering the same first dose vaccine that you received.

We strongly encourage all eligible community members to book online through the online booking system or by calling the vaccination booking call centre at 226-773-2200 to make an appointment. Due to expected call volumes initially, it may take multiple attempts to speak with a Windsor-Essex County Health Unit representative.

Family, friends, and caregivers of adults 80 years of age and older are encouraged to support their loved one(s) in booking an appointment, however unless you are over 80 years old or meet the criteria for a shortened second dose interval, you will not be able to book or receive your second dose COVID-19 vaccination at this time. 

Please note that appointments are required for first and second COVID-19 vaccine doses at all of the mass vaccination clinics and no walk-ins will be permitted. When attending your booked appointment, please bring your health card or other identification document like a driver’s license or passport.

Despite the vaccine rollout, please continue to practice public health measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community:

  • Maintain a 2 metre distance from others.
  • Limit your contacts to your household only.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water thoroughly and often.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Use a medical or non-medical mask (e.g., cloth) in public settings.
  • Cover mouth & nose with a tissue or use the inside of your elbow when you cough or sneeze.
  • Stay home and do not go to work or school if you are sick. 

For more information about COVID-19 vaccine booking and eligibility, please visit For comprehensive information about COVID-19 vaccines including facts, myths, FAQs, vaccination statistics, and more, please visit You can also subscribe to receive email updates from the Windsor Essex County Health Unit about COVID-19 vaccines.

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