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Guelph region allowing those 80 or older to pre-register for COVID-19 vaccine: mayor

Last Updated Feb 26, 2021 at 12:02 am EDT

A sign is shown at a COVID-19 vaccine site (AP Photo/Haven Daley)

Mayor Cam Guthrie says seniors above the age of 80 in Guelph don’t need to wait for the provincial government’s go-ahead to register for their COVID-19 vaccine.

Mayor Guthrie says, as of now, seniors above the age of 80 who reside in the region can pre-register on the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health website.

According to the region’s website, the other people who can already pre-register for their COVID-19 vaccine include:

  • Adults who are part of the Indigenous community residing in the region;
  • Long-Term-Care and/or retirement home staff;
  • Essential support staff in Long-Term Care and Retirement Homes
  • Essential caregivers in Long-Term Care and High-Risk Retirement Homes
  • Adult recipients of chronic home care and;
  • Healthcare workers in specific settings, including:
    • Hospitals
    • COVID-19 response roles
    • Medical first responders
    • Community healthcare workers
    • Healthcare workers in congregate settings
    • Healthcare services for Indigenous populations
    • Laboratory services
    • Non-acute, rehabilitation, and therapy


As of February 25, the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health unit has given out over 15,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines, with 6,372 total vaccinations. As of the same day, the provincial government says a total of 621,960 complete doses have been administered.

The provincial government says they won’t unveil their vaccine portal until March 15 at the earliest as they’re currently ensuring the website can withstand mass registration.

Both the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health Unit and the Mayor’s office haven’t responded to our requests for an interview.