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Vaccinations continue as only three active cases of COVID-19 reported across EOHU jurisdiction

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.

Local youth 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 to 16 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+

All Ontarians aged 18 and over who received their first dose of an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer and Moderna) are 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.

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.

Here are the COVID-19 statistics for the Eastern Health Unit (EOHU) jurisdiction as of Tuesday, June 29.

Active cases Patients in hospital Patients in intensive care
3 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
0 184,258 109

 

 

COVID-19 statistics for the province of Ontario for Tuesday, June 29.

Active cases Increase in cases from the previous day Patients in hospital Hospital patients in intensive care Hospital patients in intensive care on ventilators
2,409 299 257 276 185

Ontario deaths

As of Tuesday, June 29, there had been 9,154 deaths due to COVID-19 across Ontario, which was an increase of 25 deaths from June 28.

COVID-19 vaccinations across Ontario as of Tuesday, June 29.

One dose Two doses
14,472,741 4,563,469

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/ .

Relaxed rules at long-term care facilities on the way

In line with the move to Step Two of the government’s Roadmap to Reopen, Ontario is making additional changes to enhance long-term care home residents’ quality of life. The changes will take effect Wednesday, July 7, 2021.

Working with the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health and based on feedback from residents, their families, and other partners, the Ministry of Long-Term Care’s website and guidance document have been updated to set out the following:

  • Residents can have outdoor visits of up to 10 people.
  • All residents may have up to two general visitors and two caregivers for an indoor visit.
  • Personal care services can resume.
  • Cohorting of residents can be relaxed during outdoor activities.

As well, there is no longer a limit on the number of people who can be designated as a caregiver by a resident or their substitute decision-maker.

A further easing of restrictions is planned to align with the timing of Step Three of the Roadmap to Reopen. These changes are expected to include:

  • Removing the limits on the number of visitors to the homes
  • Permitting buffet and family style dinning
  • Providing that all residents will be able to go on absences regardless of immunization status
  • Resumption of off-site excursions for residents
  • Resumption of activities such as singing and dancing

The province continues to actively monitor COVID-19 activity, particularly in this vulnerable sector. The health and safety of residents and staff and all others who attend homes, including their mental and emotional wellbeing, remains our top priority.

 

 

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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