COVID-19 Update: Inspection blitz, encouraging vaccinations

Huron Perth, ON – Huron Perth Public Health recently completed an inspection blitz focusing on North Huron, in response to questions about compliance in the area. In addition to routine inspections, public health inspectors also focused on requirements under the Reopening Ontario Act. This includes the proof of vaccination requirement for certain indoor public settings.

The inspection blitz found that 94% of North Huron operators were in compliance with provincial requirements. One ticket is pending. As a reminder to the public, North Huron municipal facilities are also requiring proof of vaccination in keeping with both provincial requirements and the Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) Letter of Instruction, which comes into effect October 31. 

“Proof of vaccination requirements in select settings helps to reduce risk of COVID-19 transmission,” says Dr. Miriam Klassen, Medical Officer of Health. “In addition, widespread vaccination is critical to protecting Ontario’s hospital capacity, while also supporting businesses to keep customers safe, stay open and minimize disruptions. Congratulations to North Huron operators for achieving such a high compliance rate, and thank you to the municipality of North Huron for their continued support of their residents and businesses.”

COVID-19 vaccination encouraged for pregnant and breastfeeding individuals

HPPH and partners are working together to provide information about COVID-19 vaccination for pregnant and breastfeeding individuals, and those planning to become pregnant. Vaccination against COVID-19 is safe and recommended during pregnancy, breastfeeding, and for those who are considering pregnancy and family planning.

Vaccination is recommended to this group because being infected with COVID-19 in pregnancy increases the risk of medical complications and death.

  • Pregnant women who contract COVID-19 are*:
    • Five times more likely to be hospitalized and spend 3.73 days longer in hospital
    • 10 times more likely to be admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU)
    • More likely to suffer from severe illness
    • More likely to require ventilation/life support breathing
  • After the COVID-19 infection has resolved, many pregnant women will continue to experience ongoing medical complications.
  • COVID-19 infection in pregnancy significantly increases the risk of stillbirth, premature birth, high blood pressure, caesarean delivery and low birth weight.
  • There is also an increased risk that the baby will need to be admitted to neonatal intensive care.

*Source: The Incidence, Severity, and Management of COVID-19 in Critically Ill Pregnant Individuals | Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table

Getting the COVID-19 vaccine while pregnant is safe, effective and recommended by the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada.

Talk to your healthcare provider for further information. HPPH and our partners continue to offer several vaccination options across Huron and Perth. Some November clinics have been posted on our vaccine webpage: www.hpph.ca/vaccinebooking. Going forward, most clinics will be by appointment.

Appointments can be booked online or by calling 1-833-753-2098.  

Many local pharmacies also continue to offer COVID-19 vaccinations. The current list of pharmacies offering vaccine can be found at: https://covid19.ontario.ca/vaccine-locations.