18+ eligible to book vaccinations starting May 18th in Eastern Ontario, says Medical Officer of Health Roumeliotis

Natascha Wood
Nation Valley News

EASTERN ONTARIO — In his twice-weekly media briefing on May 17th, 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 30 new cases since Friday, May 14th. Six were in Prescott-Russell, 11 were in SD&G, and 13 were in Cornwall.

There are now nine patients hospitalized with COVID-19 and three in the ICU. Meanwhile, congregate living outbreaks have gone down to two. They are at Residence St-Mathieu and Rockland Manor. There is one business outbreak reported recently at Farley Windows & Doors in Alexandria. The Doctor expects that there will soon be no more outbreaks in Eastern Ontario.

As of today, 88,472 vaccinations have been performed within the EOHU’s jurisdiction, most of which are first doses. However, due to the increasing supply of vaccines, the EOHU will begin decreasing the interval between first doses and second doses, allowing for more people to be fully vaccinated sooner. Additionally, starting tomorrow, on May 18th, individuals who are 18 years of age or older will be eligible to book vaccination appointments via the provincial system.

“We’re headed in the right direction,” Roumeliotis assured.

The Doctor confirmed that, by May 31st, 68 per cent of the EOHU’s population will have received their first doses. Though the federal government is banking on a “one dose summer”, Roumeliotis anticipates that the increase in supply will mean a two-dose summer for many in Eastern Ontario.

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