Second COVID-19 vaccine dose “our ticket back to normalcy”, says Medical Officer of Health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis

Natascha Wood
Nation Valley News

EASTERN ONTARIO — In his twice-weekly media briefing on June 10th, 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 no new cases of the virus added since Tuesday, June 8th. As for hospitalizations, there are four patients hospitalized with COVID-19 and three patients in the ICU. The number of outbreaks continues to be zero for the third week straight.

As of today, the EOHU has administered 131,172 doses of COVID-19 vaccine, bringing the percentage of the adult population who’ve received one dose to 78.6 per cent. Mass clinics are still filling up quickly, with thousands of spots being taken in a short time. In response, the Doctor said that three more clinics will be opening this Sunday in Casselman, Monday in Cornwall, and Wednesday in Rockland, bringing the total number of clinics operating next week to thirteen.

Currently, individuals 70 years of age and above are eligible to move up their second dose appointment in Eastern Ontario via the provincial system. The Doctor expects that more age groups will soon be eligible to reschedule too. However, there have been some difficulties presented by individuals who booked their second dose appointment with the EOHU but received a second dose from a pharmacy instead without notifying the Health Unit. This has meant some “no shows” for appointments that are still very much in demand.

“Please, please, if you get your second dose from a pharmacy, and you already had a second dose appointment booked with us, please remember to cancel your appointment,” Roumeliotis said.

At the conclusion of the briefing, the Doctor emphasized the importance of booking second doses as soon as possible. He says it’s not just to protect against the more severe Delta variant, but also to get Eastern Ontario to that 80% full vaccinated mark, hopefully by August.

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