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Community Vaccine Update: June 2, 2021

Key stats:

Vaccine doses administered so far: 58,758

Number of people completely vaccinated: 6608

Status updates:

  • Approximately 58% of the adult population in Haldimand and Norfolk counties has now received at least one dose of vaccine. This number takes into account approximately 10% of residents who were vaccinated outside of the health district.
  • As increased vaccine supply comes in from the province, the Health Unit will transition to a new mass immunization delivery model in Cayuga that will see increased daily vaccine appointments of between 1200-2000 per clinic, up from 500-600.
  • All eligible individuals are encouraged to book online using the provincial tool or add their name to the Health Unit’s waitlist if no appointments are available. Individuals who need assistance booking may contact the province’s vaccine hotline at 1-833-943-3900.
  • Dedicated clinics for youth 12+ and their households are scheduled to begin the week of June 14. Appointments for youth and their households at these dedicated clinics may be booked by calling the provincial call centre at 1-833-943-3900.At the time of first dose booking, a second dose appointment will be generated for youth (during the month of August), with the aim of having all students fully vaccinated by the time they return to school.
  • 15 local pharmacies are now administering Pfizer or Moderna vaccines. Residents can look up participating pharmacies and booking options using the province’s lookup tool: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/vaccine-locations.
  • Residents of both counties are encouraged to take the first appointment they are able to get, regardless of location. Supports remain available for individuals who are unable to make it to a clinic due to transportation-related barriers. Residents can request assistance by e-mailing [email protected].

Information regarding second doses:

  • The province is accelerating second doses for all Ontarians. Currently, residents 80+, high-risk healthcare workers and individuals who received a first dose prior to March 12, 2021 who would like to move up their second doses may now do so using the provincial booking tool or HNHU form.
  • The Health Unit will continue to contact these individuals to schedule second dose appointments so no one is missed, however, booking independently using the online tools available is strongly recommended.
  • The province is expected to provide direction to local pharmacies who administered first doses of AstraZeneca vaccine. Individuals who received their first dose of AZ at a pharmacy will be informed of their options once provincial direction/AZ supply is received.
  • For more information regarding the province’s schedule of accelerated second dose bookings, check the timeline on their website. Updates will be shared with the community as more groups become eligible for accelerated second doses.

Call for volunteers

  • The Heath Unit is seeking community volunteers to assist at the mass vaccination clinic site at the Cayuga Arena. Applicants must be 18+ and willing to volunteer on an ongoing basis from June to the end of September.
  • Volunteer duties are non-clinical in nature and include screening, ensuring use of hand sanitizer and physical distancing, directing people to registration or immunization stations, and cleaning chairs and hi-touch areas as needed. Interested individuals may apply at https://hnhu.org/vax-volunteer.