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EOHU makes it easier to register out-of-province COVID-19 vaccinations, second dose rescheduling to be available to everyone 18-plus

Second dose vaccination eligibility continues to expand for Ontario residents, including people who live within the territory of the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU). Accommodations are also being made for people who received their first or second COVID-19 vaccine dose outside of Ontario or Canada.

Residents who received one or both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine outside of Ontario or Canada are now able to register their vaccine(s) with the province, using a new tool developed by the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU). The tool will allow EOHU staff to collect the proof of immunization and enter a record of vaccination into the provincial COVaxON Vaccination Management System, so that residents can schedule their second dose or receive proof of one or both doses in the provincial system.

Residents can access the tool from the following webpage: Register a Record of COVID-19 Vaccination Received Outside of Ontario. Those who do not have internet access can call 1-866-318-0522 for assistance.

No appointment necessary for youth

Starting June 25, localyouth 12 to 17 years old can receive their COVID-19 vaccine at one of the EOHU’s COVID-19 vaccination clinics without an appointment. To be eligible, youth must be a resident of Stormont, Dundas, Glengarry, Prescott-Russell, Cornwall or Akwesasne. Youth will be accepted for first dose or second dose if it has been 8 to16 weeks since receiving their first dose, or according to the product monograph for First Nations, Metis, Inuit, and youth with high-risk health conditions.

For more information, please see Youth 12-17 Years Old COVID-19 Vaccination Without Appointment or visit www.EOHU.ca.

Second dose speed up for 18+

With more than 76 per cent of Ontarian adults having received a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and over 30 per cent fully immunized, Ontario is accelerating second dose eligibility to all individuals aged 18 and over across the province.

Starting Monday, June 28, 2021 a.m., all Ontarians aged 18 and over who received their first dose of an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer and Moderna) will be eligible to book an appointment to receive their second ahead of schedule. This will accelerate second dose eligibility for approximately 1.5 million Ontarians.

The province continues to take action to further protect Delta variant hot spots by accelerating second doses and expanding second dose coverage. Between June 14 and June 23, 2021 more than 1,090,000 doses have been administered to people living in Delta hot spot public health units, and a total of 230,000 additional doses were provided to Delta hot spots for the week of June 21, 2021.

Across the EOHU’s territory, second doses for youth remain as they are currently booked at this time. To support a safe return to school in September, the province will be looking to accelerate youth second dose bookings following individuals aged 18 and over.

To ensure maximum protection against COVID-19 and the Delta variant, Ontarians are encouraged to get vaccinated as soon as they can and to receive their second dose within the recommended interval.

Vaccination appointment information

Vaccination appointment booking is available directly through the provincial booking system at www.Ontario.ca/bookvaccine. Individuals who require assistance with booking can call the Provincial Vaccine Information Line at 1-888-999-6488.

The EOHU is contacting people who received their first vaccine dose before the provincial booking system was established to assist them with making appointments for their second dose. Individuals aged 70 and older are also able to reschedule their second dose appointment for earlier than originally scheduled.

Appointments can be made by an individual or with the help of someone. If you know someone who is part of an eligible group, please encourage them to get vaccinated. Those needing assistance with booking or getting to their COVID-19 vaccine appointment should visit the EOHU website to access local supports.

Across the EOHU territory, seven more COVID-19 vaccination clinics have been added between June 20 and June 28.

Here are the COVID-19 statistics for the Eastern Health Unit (EOHU) jurisdiction as of Friday, June 25.

Active cases Patients in hospital Patients in intensive care
9 0 0
Outbreaks in long-term care facilities and other group living institutions Individuals who have received one vaccine dose Deaths due to COVID-19
0 167,515 108

COVID-19 statistics for the province of Ontario for Friday, June 25.

Active cases Increase in cases from the previous day Patients in hospital Hospital patients in intensive care Hospital patients in intensive care on ventilators
2,899 270 275 284 202

COVID-19 vaccinations across Ontario as of Friday, June 25.

One dose Two doses
13,568,209 3,761,221

Ontario deaths

As of Friday, June 25, there had been 9,101 deaths due to COVID-19 across Ontario, which was an increase of two deaths from June 24.

Reopening

With key public health and health care indicators continuing to improve, the provincewide vaccination rate now surpassing the targets outlined in the province’s Roadmap to Reopen, and on the recommendation of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Ontario government is moving the province into Step Two of its Roadmap to Reopen at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, June 30, 2021. For complete information on Step Two, go to https://thereview.ca/2021/06/24/ontario-moving-to-step-two-of-roadmap-to-reopen-on-june-30/ .

James Morgan

James Morgan is a freelance contributor. He has worked for several print and broadcast media outlets. James loves the history, natural beauty, and people of eastern Ontario and western Quebec.

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