EOHU opening vaccination bookings for those 55 and over on April 30th, confirms Medical Officer of Health

Natascha Wood
Nation Valley News

EASTERN ONTARIO — In his twice-weekly media briefing on April 29th, Eastern Ontario Medical Officer of Health Dr Paul Roumeliotis provided updates on the latest COVID-19 developments in the region, reporting that there have been 24 new cases added over the weekend. 12 were in Prescott-Russell, 8 were in SD&G, and 4 were in Cornwall. There are now 30 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 and five in the ICU. Eastern Ontario also recorded another death since Monday, April 29th, bringing the region’s death toll to 101.

There eight ongoing outbreaks at St-Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre – Complex Continuing Care side, Caressant Care Nursing Home, Open Hands – Gage Street, Open Hands – Second Street, Residence St- Mathieu, Community Living-Lasalle, Residence Cartier, and Foyer St-Viateur Nursing Home.

Roumeliotis said that there has been little change in the outbreak situation, and the daily increase has continued on a downward trend, which is encouraging. The Doctor went on to provide an update about the continuing vaccine rollout. As of yesterday, April 28th, 58,396 vaccine doses have been administered by the EOHU. This number includes the 2,222 doses administered by pharmacies this week.

Individuals who are 55 years of age and over will be able to book vaccination appointments in the EOHU starting tomorrow, April 30th. Those wishing to book can do so through the provincial system.

In May and June, the EOHU intends to vaccinate individuals with high-risk health conditions like cancer, diabetes, autoimmune disorders, liver disease, heart disease, and respiratory diseases. Following that, vaccinations will be eligible for those who cannot work from home, like educators, crematorium workers, retail workers, restaurant workers.

The modified vaccination plan also includes the projected date for the EOHU to begin vaccinating those 18 years old and over, which will be May 24th. The Doctor hopes that, given the current supply, the EOHU will be able to vaccinate a large portion of its residents by the end of May, paving the way towards herd immunity.

According to the Federal Government, Ontario is expected to receive approximately 786,240 doses of the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine per week throughout May. The deliveries will then increase to 939,510 per week for the first week of June. Meanwhile, the delayed and scaled back Moderna delivery of 388,100 doses will likely land between May 10th and 16th.

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