Members of the McMaster Family Health Team are taking part in a provincial pilot project that will see adults 60 to 64 given the COVID-19 vaccine beginning Saturday.

The pilot is the first step in understanding the role primary care will play in offering vaccine to patients at their family doctor’s office.

Only patients of the McMaster Family Health team within the 60-64 age group are eligible.  They will be contacted by phone or email for opportunities to receive the Astra-Zeneca vaccine.  At this time, there is no self-booking.

The Hamilton pilot sites also includes a small number of practices of the Hamilton Family Health Team in Hamilton along with community care centres.  

“Faculty, staff and health learners of the McMaster Family Health Team have been thoroughly involved in responding to the pandemic for the past year,” said Cathy Risdon, lead physician of the McMaster Family Health Team. “We are particularly pleased to be involved in learning and sharing the lessons that will support a province-wide plan to have COVID-19 vaccination supported in primary care.”

David Price, chair of the Department of Family Medicine, said Hamilton was chosen as one of six Ontario communities for the pilot study because of the collaboration of the McMaster Family Health Team, the Hamilton Family Health Team and Hamilton Public Health Services along with hospital partners and community services.

 “Hamilton was chosen because of the excellent work that this group has done around assessment centres, the vaccine rollout to long term care facilities and retirement homes, and the hugely successful mass vaccination clinics. This is absolutely something to celebrate and be really proud of. We have a strong collaborative spirit present in our community.”

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