This is the latest COVID-19 vaccination update from the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU).

As of March 25, 21,240 people across the EOHU’s territory had been vaccinated against COVID-19.

As of March 24:

Who received vaccines last week · Long term care (LTC) staff and essential caregivers (ECG), 1st dose

· Retirement home (RH) staff and ECGs, 1st dose

· Health Care Workers (HCW), 1st dose

· Emergency first responders responding to medical calls, 1st dose

· Adults 80 years of age and older, born in 1941 or before (80+), 1st dose

· LTC residents, 1st dose

· RH residents, 2nd dose

· Adult recipients of chronic home care, 1st dose

 

Who is receiving vaccines this week · Weekly vaccination clinics are provided in six fixed sites throughout the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas, and Glengarry; the United Counties of Prescott-Russell; and the City of Cornwall.

· Clinics are scheduled based on our vaccine allocation.

·  Since March 15, more than 10,500 appointments have been booked into our COVID-19 clinics scheduled up until April 9th.

·  Additional clinics will be added beyond April 9.

· We are planning vaccine distribution based on ministry guidance as we move closer to Phase 2 priority groups.

· We are exploring potential sites for drive-thru clinics.

· Our hospital partners continue vaccinate their staff and alternative level of care patients.

· We continue to work with community partners to offer the COVID-19 vaccine to the EOHU population.

 

Who is planned to receive vaccines next week March 26 to April 1, 2021

· Adults 75 years of age and older, born in 1946 or before (75+), 1st dose

· LTC and RH staff and ECGs, 1st dose

· Informal caregivers of adults 75+, 1st dose

· Adult recipients of chronic home care, 1st dose

· HCWs, 1st dose

· Indigenous populations 55 years of age and older, living off reserve, 1st dose

· Indigenous populations 18 years of age and older, living in Akwesasne, 1st dose

 

Other information Currently, the provincial booking system does not support 2nd dose only bookings. Individuals requiring an appointment for their 2nd dose only can pre-register on the EOHU website.

To increase the number of individuals benefiting from a first dose of vaccine in the context of a limited COVID-19 vaccine supply, the province is following recommendations from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) to extend the time interval of the second dose of COVID-19 vaccines up to 16 weeks. This applies to the three two-dose vaccines currently approved by Health Canada (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD).

Please be assured that the EOHU is undertaking every effort to distribute the vaccines as soon as they are received in order to protect as many of our residents as possible, as quickly as possible. It remains extremely important to continue following public health precautions – even if you have received the vaccine – until a large majority of residents in our region have been vaccinated.

For the latest updates about COVID-19 vaccines, including which population groups are eligible to receive it and how to access it, please regularly visit the EOHU’s website at
www.EOHU.ca/vaccines.