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EOHU pushes for more COVID-19 vaccination

The Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) is informing the public that there are many COVID-19 vaccines available at its clinics throughout the remainder of July and August.

Individuals who need their first or second dose can get their vaccine by booking an appointment through the provincial booking system, attending a walk-in clinic (no appointment needed), or attending one of the health unit’s pop-up clinics. Individuals can also put their name on the standby list for any extra doses available at the end of a clinic. Please consult the EOHU’s website for more information about the options available to you.

EOHU Mass Vaccination Clinics Ending in Late August

The EOHU’s mass COVID-19 vaccination clinics are expected to end by August 27 th . As a result, over 11,000 individuals who have appointments booked for the months of September through November will need to bump up their second dose appointments. Mass clinics scheduled on or after August 28 will be cancelled. Individuals booked for a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at a mass clinic on or after August 28 th must re-book to an earlier date, or attend one of the EOHU’s walk-in clinics, prior to August 28.

Re-booking is available at www.Ontario.ca/bookvaccine. Individuals who require assistance with booking can call the Provincial Vaccine Booking Line at 1 833 943-3900. For questions, call 1 888 999-6488.

For more information, please consult EOHU.ca/vaccines.

When the public vaccination clinics have ended, COVID-19 vaccinations will still be available from pharmacies and medical clinics.

COVID-19 vaccination statistics for the Eastern Health Unit (EOHU) jurisdiction as of Monday, July 19.

One dose Two doses
142,453 98,541

According to Medical Officer of Health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, vaccination levels are still low among people aged 16 to 29. Efforts are being made to target that age group and other vulnerable members of the public. Approximately 200 people were vaccinated at a pop-up clinic held in Hawkesbury on July 18. The EOHU is also developing a strategy to offer COVID-19 vaccinations in public schools beginning in September.

On July 19, Roumeliotis said the target is to have 80 per cent of the local population with a first dose and 75 per cent of the population with a second dose before the next step of reopening can occur. He said higher amounts are needed to achieve a good level of herd immunity across the region.

“Please get vaccinated.”

Roumeliotis noted that the people who are now becoming severely ill or are dying from COVID-19 are those who have not been vaccinated.

“This is a pandemic of the unvaccinated.”

COVID-19 case statistics for the EOHU as of Tuesday, July 20.

Active cases Patients in hospital Patients in intensive care Outbreaks in long-term care and other group facilities
1 0 0 0

 COVID-19 vaccinations across Ontario as of Tuesday, July 20.

One dose Two doses
18,338,512 8,042,242

 COVID-19 statistics for the province of Ontario for Tuesday, July 20.

Active cases Increase in cases from the previous day Patients in hospital Hospital patients in intensive care Hospital patients in intensive care on ventilators
1,354 127 145 149 98

Ontario deaths

As of Tuesday, July 20, there had been 9,926 deaths due to COVID-19 across Ontario, which was an increase of two deaths from July 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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