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EOHU vaccination rate is 80 per cent, but there are concerns among some age groups and communities

As of July 5, approximately 200,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines had been administered to people across the territory of the Eastern Ontario Health Unit.

According to Medical Officer of Health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, 138,591 first doses had been administered as of July 5, and 60,306 second doses had been administered. Roumeliotis said approximately 80 per cent of the combined population of Prescott and Russel, Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry, and the City of Cornwall has had a first vaccine dose and approximately 35 per cent of the population has had a second dose.

Roumeliotis said low vaccination rates remain a concern among people aged 18 to 29 where only 54 per cent have been vaccinated so far, and 52 per cent of those ages 12- to 17 have been vaccinated.

On July 5, Roumeliotis said he wants to double the number of area residents who have received their second dose by the end of the month.

Certain postal codes in Hawkesbury and Cornwall neighbourhoods have also been identified as having low vaccination rates. Roumeliotis said the EOHU is working with social services agencies to increase vaccination in those neighbourhoods.

The EOHU is operating 42 COVID-19 vaccination clinics before July 30.

As of July 5, there was only one active case of COVID-19 among residents of the EOHU’s jurisdiction. However, Roumeliotis said the three most recent deaths due to COVID-19 in the area were in people who had not been vaccinated against COVID-19.

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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