Ontario government will call people who have yet to be vaccinated in outreach strategy

The government says they will be calling everyone with an Ontario health card number who are unvaccinated in an effort to educate them on how to receive a COVID-19 vaccine and to offer the vaccine-hesitant an opportunity to consult with a medical professional.

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In a statement, one health unit told its residents that the Ontario Ministry of Health (MOH) would be “making phone calls to everyone with an Ontario health card number who does not yet have a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.”

The Northwestern Health Unit says that the purpose of the calls is to “help answer questions and to ensure those unvaccinated residents know how to get vaccinated if they choose to.”

The National Post reported that the calls are part of a vaccine outreach campaign designed by the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre, which is targeting unvaccinated Ontarians.

The calls will not be a recorded message, rather the calls will be with live agents.

Anna Miller from the Ontario Ministry of Health stated that the government would be using information gathered by the MOH when people register for a health card and databases “containing information pertaining to vaccines already administered to persons in Ontario,”.

Miller also told the National Post that “The Ministry of Health has the authority under section 37(1)(c) of the Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004 to use and link the information from these databases for planning and delivering the COVID-19 vaccination program.”

Miller argues that this would include “contacting individuals to encourage vaccination,”.

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