RCD COVID-19 Vaccine Communications Committee
For Immediate Release
(Pembroke, Ontario, 9:00 a.m., May 11, 2021)
COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment Eligibility Expanding to Include New Groups
Renfrew County and District Health Unit (RCDHU) continues to expand COVID-19 vaccination
appointments in-line with provincial eligibility groups.
Effective May 11, 2021, at 8:00 a.m., other eligibility groups will further expand to include:
• Residents with at-risk health conditions such as: Immune deficiencies and autoimmune
disorders, Stroke and cerebrovascular disease, Dementia, Diabetes, Liver disease, All
other cancers, Respiratory diseases, such as asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, pleurisy,
Spleen problems, such as asplenia, Heart disease, Hypertension with end organ
damage, Diagnosed mental disorder, Substance use disorders, Sickle cell disease,
Thalassemia, Immunocompromising health conditions, and Other disabilities requiring
direct support care in the community.
• Essential and critical retail workers (including grocery, foodbank, pharmacy,
ServiceOntario, ServiceCanada, Passport Canada, wholesalers and general goods,
restaurant, LCBO workers).
• Workers in manufacturing industries directly involved in supporting the COVID-19covid
19 response, construction (including infrastructure) and other essential businesses and
services where facilities are at heightened risk for COVID-19covid 19 outbreaks and
• Social workers and social services staff who provide in-person client services (including
youth justice workers, Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support Program case
• Courts and justice system workers (including probation and parole workers)
• Transportation, warehousing and distribution workers (including public transit workers,
truck drivers supporting essential services, marine and rail cargo and maintenance,
• Electricity (including system operations, generation, transmission, distribution and
• Communications infrastructure workers (including cellular, satellite, landline, internet,
public safety radio).
• Water and wastewater management workers.
• Financial services workers (bank branch staff).
• Veterinarians and veterinary teams.
• Waste management workers.
• Oil and petroleum workers (including petroleum refineries, crude oil and petroleum
storage, transmission and distribution, retail sale of fuel).
• Natural gas and propane gas workers (including compression, storage, transmission and
distribution of natural gas and propane).
• Mine workers (including those needed to ensure the continued operation of active
• Uranium processing workers (those working in the refining and conversion of uranium
and fabrication of fuel for nuclear power plants).
Effective Thursday, May 13, 2021, at 8:00 a.m., eligibility will further expand to include residents
in the general population born between 1972 and 1981 (40 to 49 years of age).
Residents are being asked to please register online as this is the fastest way. Individuals are
encouraged to ask a family member or friend to assist if they are unable to book online
themselves. Please book only one appointment per person to ensure that appointments are
available to other eligible individuals. If you book an appointment, please keep it. If it is critical
to change your appointment, please cancel through the link in the email you received
confirming your appointment.
ONLY if a person is unable to register online, they can call RCDHU at 613-735-9724 or 1-800-267-
1097, Ext. 200. Residents are asked to leave one message with their name and phone number,
and someone will return their call as soon as possible.
People should contact their primary care provider if they have questions about their eligibility
and/or personal health status before they receive the vaccine. Alternatively, those without a
primary care provider can contact the Renfrew County Virtual Triage and Assessment Centre
(VTAC) (1-844-727-6404) to consult with a family physician.
For a full list of those who are currently eligible to book appointments for COVID-19
vaccinations, residents should visit the COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility List. For details specific to
vaccination registration and appointments (i.e., what you need to bring), visit the COVID-19
Vaccination Appointment Checklist.
For more information, visit RCDHU’s website at https://www.rcdhu.com/novel-coronaviruscovid-19-2/ or call 613-732-3629 or 1-800-267-1097.
Committee Spokesperson: Carolyn Levesque
Public Affairs and Communications Coordinator