London celebrations

Via Rail temporarily cuts London trains as Omicron wreaks havoc

Via Rail is reducing the number of trains serving London from January 19, as part of adjustments it is making to its schedule in response to falling demand amid the Omicron wave.

The railroad announced the schedule changes on Thursday. Three of the five trains on the Windsor-London-Toronto route are abandoned. The remaining two trains (#72 and #76) leave London for Toronto at 10:44 a.m. and 3:44 p.m. There are no changes on the Sarnia-London-Toronto route which departs London at 9:54 a.m. (#84 ).

Additional measures include suspending business class and alcohol service and closing business lounges. Cart service will still be available to economy class passengers.

Via says the changes are temporary.

With the return to school imminent, Loblaw Pharmacies will be holding vaccination clinics for school staff and teachers in London on Friday.

The Real Canadian Superstore will offer the first, second and third Moderna vaccines at its West and East London locations. Beneficiaries are requested to provide their identity card or proof of their employer.

The clinic by appointment only will operate from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. W can call 519-641-0959.

The Middlesex-London Health Unit reached a major milestone – its millionth dose of the COVID-19 vaccine – on Thursday.

Acting Chief Medical Officer Alex Summers called it a “staggering achievement”, citing progress protecting residents from the virus and community enthusiasm.

“Getting vaccinated remains the best way to prevent serious illness from exposure to COVID-19 and we hope to see even more people protect themselves,” he said in a statement.

The effort to get more vaccines into arms began at Western Fair District Agriplex a year and 20 days ago, the health unit wrote on social media.

Joanne Vanderheyden, Mayor of Strathroy-Caradoc, and Alison Warwick, County Executive for Middlesex, joined members of the Caradoc Community Center Immunization Clinic Health Unit in Mt. Brydges on Thursday to celebrate the accomplishment, holding a banner that reads: 1,000,000 doses administered.

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