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CORNWALL — Eastern Ontario Medical Officer of Health says he is “extremely unhappy” with the way vaccines have been distributed to pharmacies in the broader region, with only six in his own jurisdiction to 24 in the neighbouring Leeds, Grenville and Lanark Health Unit area. Ottawa also has many more pharmacies offering the AstraZeneca vaccine, per capita, than the EOHU, he told SDG Council.

The doctor revealed he had to “beg” for the initial three pharmacies with vaccines in the United Counties.

The point is partly moot at the moment, as supply of the AstraZeneca product has currently run out in the EOHU region. It’s the only vaccine available, right now, to anyone between 40 and 54 years old who doesn’t otherwise fit into an essential or priority category for the Pfizer jab that is offered at the EOHU’s own vaccination clinics.

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