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Community Vaccine Update: January 3, 2022

Statistics for residents 5 and older

Vaccine doses administered so far: 173,130 doses

Number of people completely vaccinated: 65,379

Proportion of local population 5+ population with at least 1 dose: 80.3%

Proportion of local population 5+ population fully vaccinated: 76.0%

  • ​The HNHU and its partners have administered over 173,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses to date. The population over the age of 5 is now 80.3% vaccinated with at least one dose and 76.0% fully vaccinated.
  • On December 20, the province expanded eligibility for boosters for anyone 18+, which includes 65,000- 75,000 people in Haldimand and Norfolk. Boosters can be offered 84 days after the previous dose.
  • The HNHU and local partners have increased local capacity to over 6,000 doses per week locally.
  • Currently, there are a limited number of appointments available on the HNHU booking tool. The HNHU is expanding current clinics as quickly as possible. Additionally, the HNHU has been working to mobilize mass clinics again that will start operating again this week. Mass clinic sites currently include the Riverside Exhibition Centre Clinic in Caledonia and the Simcoe Recreation Centre Clinic.
  • Being fully vaccinated and receiving a booster dose continues to be the most effective way to protect yourself from COVID-19 infection, including the Omicron variant. Being fully vaccinated (i.e. two doses) will help to reduce the likelihood of severe outcomes but a booster will dramatically improve the likelihood for less severe outcomes.
  • There is a province-wide shortage of Pfizer that is expected to last through the end of January. All new appointments for boosters will be Moderna. We continue to recommend that individuals take the earliest available appointment, regardless of vaccine brand. Moderna is an excellent mRNA vaccine that is observed to be at least as effective at preventing illness and severe outcomes due to COVID-19 as Pfizer and early concerns about travel with mixed doses have been addressed by most governments.
  • Pfizer-specific clinics are being added when possible because Pfizer is the preferred vaccine for those who are 12-29 years old.
  • Currently, the 5-11-year-old population in HNHU is 30.4% vaccinated with at least one dose. There are no supply concerns with the pediatric formulation of Pfizer. For children born in 2017 (turning 5 in 2022), the Ministry of Health has currently only approved the vaccine by birth date (i.e. those who have turned 5). Getting children vaccinated is an important way to protect them and those around them.
  • Due to a sharp increase in demand, walk-ins are no longer accepted at clinics. All doses require an appointment.

GO-VAXX Bus Updates

  • The GO-VAXX bus has moved to online booking for all bus pop-ups.
  • The bus can accommodate 300 appointments and can be booked using the Provincial booking tool as of 8 a.m. the day before the clinic.

GO-VAXX Bus Clinics

  • Wednesday, January 5, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. – Waterford Arena
  • Saturday, January 8, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. – Port Dover Community Centre
  • Saturday, January 15, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Fisherville Lions Community Centre
  • GO-VAXX will be offering pop-up indoor clinics at Dunnville Lifespan on Fridays in January. Appointments can be booked for indoor pop-ups at hnhu.org/popup.

Children’s Clinics

  • Children’s vaccine clinics will be held in a variety of locations and will be available for booking on hnhu.org/popup. Clinics will initially be held in Simcoe, Caledonia, Delhi, Dunnville, and added to other communities as needed.

Mass Clinics (12+)

  • ​The HNHU and its partners are working very hard to increase capacity to accommodate booster eligibility.
  • Appointments continue to be posted at hnhu.org/popup
  • Doses for individuals over the age of 12 can also be received by booking with family physicians and pharmacies.