Via Rail temporarily cuts London trains as Omicron takes its toll 

 By Calvi Leon,

Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

LONDON, ONT-Via Rail is cutting the number of trains serving London, starting Jan. 19, as part of adjustments it’s making to its schedule in response to decreased demand amid the Omicron wave.

The railway announced the schedule changes Thursday. Three of the five trains on the Windsor-London-Toronto route are being dropped.

The two remaining trains (#72 and #76) depart London for Toronto at 10:44 a.m. and 3:44 p.m. There is no change on the Sarnia-London-Toronto route that departs London at 9:54 a.m. (#84).

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

Via says the changes are temporary.

With the return to classes looming, Loblaw pharmacies will host vaccination clinics for school staff and teachers in London on Friday.

The Real Canadian Superstore will offer first, second and third Moderna vaccines at their west and east London locations. Recipients are asked to provide their board identification or proof of their employer.

The appointment-only clinic will run from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Educators looking to book an appointment at 825 Oxford St. E. are asked to call the store at 519-434-511, while those looking for an appointment at 1205 Oxford St. W can call 519-641-0959.

The Middlesex-London Health Unit hit a massive milestone, its one-millionth dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, on Thursday.

Acting chief medical officer of health Alex Summers called it an “astounding achievement,” citing the progress protecting residents from the virus and enthusiasm from the community.

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

The effort to get more vaccine shots into arms started at Western Fair District Agriplex one year and 20 days ago, the health unit wrote on social media.

Joanne Vanderheyden, mayor of Strathroy-Caradoc, and Alison Warwick, warden of Middlesex County, joined members of the health unit at the Caradoc community centre vaccination clinic in Mt.

Brydges Thursday to celebrate the accomplishment, holding a banner that reads: 1,000,000 doses administered.

Calvi Leon is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter who works out of  LONDON FREE PRESS. The Local Journalism Initiative is funded by the Government of Canada.

 

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