Community Vaccine Update: June 15, 2021
Vaccine doses administered so far: 74,074
Number of people completely vaccinated: 14,584
Proportion of local population with at least one dose: 69.5%
Proportion of local population fully vaccinated: 18.1%
- To date, the Health Unit and its partners have administered over 74,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine.
- During the week of June 7-13, the Health Unit and its partners administered a record-breaking 10,580 doses through 21 different clinics, 18 primary care physician offices and 15 pharmacy-led vaccination centres.
- According to the province, approximately 69.5% of adults in Haldimand and Norfolk have received at least one dose of vaccine. This figure takes into account individuals who received doses outside of the health district (e.g. they may work in another region or be an essential caregiver elsewhere).
- The Health Unit could not have accomplished this without the dedication and support of local hospitals, physicians, pharmacies, workplace leaders, emergency services and staff members across both Counties.
- Special thanks are owed to the Health Unit’s internal planning team: Josh Daley (Health Promoter, HNHSS), Jackie Wood (Health Planner, HNHSS), Bhaven Kapadia (Paramedic, NCPS), Nicole Stone (Health Promoter, HNHSS), Laura Goyette (Registered Dietitian, HNHSS), Dr. Kate Bishop-Williams (Epidemiologist, HNHSS) and Paramedic Chief Sarah Page (NCPS and COVID-19 Vaccine Team Lead) who have been instrumental in facilitating the local vaccine rollout program.
- Clinics continue to run at capacity, and appointments are being added as vaccine supply is received from the province. The HNHU continues to lobby and advocate for more doses to expedite local rollout. All residents are encouraged to take the first appointment available, regardless of location.
First dose booking information:
- All eligible individuals are encouraged to book online using the provincial tool. Individuals who need assistance booking may contact the provincial call centre at 1-833-943-3900. Individuals unable to book an appointment for their first dose are encouraged to add their names to the waitlist at hnhu.org/vaccine-waitlist.
- 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.
- Dedicated clinics for youth 12-17 and their households are running the weeks of June 14 and June 21. Appointments at these youth & family clinics may be booked by calling the provincial call centre at 1-833-943-3900. Youth aged 12-17 can ONLY receive Pfizer.
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.
Second dose booking information:
- The province is accelerating second doses for all Ontarians. Currently in Haldimand and Norfolk, residents 70+ and individuals who received a first dose prior to April 18, 2021 who would like to move up their second doses may now do so using the provincial booking tool or HNHU form.
- The province has released an approximate schedule of when the broader population will be able to accelerate their second doses. This schedule can be found on the province’s vaccine information website.
- The Health Unit is still contacting individuals to schedule second dose appointments on a ‘first in, first out’ basis (e.g. individuals who received a first dose in March will get their second dose before those who had their first shot in April).If you or a loved one is eligible for a second dose but has not received a call, booking independently through the provincial booking tool or provincial call centre (1-833-943-3900) is strongly encouraged.
- If no appointments are available, eligible individuals may add their names to the second dose waitlist at www.hnhu.org/second-dose-waitlist.
Other program updates:
- Local pharmacies are expecting to receive a small allocation of AstraZeneca from the province. Residents who received AZ at a participating local pharmacy will be able to make an informed decision whether to take AZ or mRNA as second dose.
- Individuals who are unable to access a vaccination clinic due to transportation barriers are reminded that they may contact [email protected] to request assistance.
- 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. To learn more and apply, visit https://hnhu.org/vax-volunteer.