Expanded vaccination eligibility and stay-at-home order

Huron-Perth, ON – Huron Perth Public Health is expanding eligibility for COVID-19 vaccinations to adults aged 65 and older (born in 1956 or earlier). 

“The response to the vaccine rollout in Huron Perth has been very positive,” says Dr. Klassen, Medical Officer of Health.  “Provincial data shows that Huron-Perth has achieved 91.5% coverage of the age group of individuals 80 and older, receiving at least one dose. I’m pleased that we’re now able to offer vaccinations to even more of our residents.”

As of April 5, 2021, Huron Perth Public Health is reporting 25,236 vaccine doses administered.  A report from Public Health Ontario shows that up to March 27, 2021, 12.5% of Huron Perth residents had received at least one dose of vaccine and 2.6% had completed both doses.  This is slightly higher than the provincial average of 11.3% and 2.1% respectively.

For those eligible, vaccination appointments can be booked online at www.hpph.ca/vaccinebooking or through the HPPH booking line at 1-833-753-2098. Please do not try to book an appointment if you are not yet eligible. At this time, HPPH is not taking pre-registrations for future eligible groups. Please check the complete eligibility list at www.hpph.ca/vaccine

We highly encourage online bookings as call volume is high. We understand that many people are eager to be vaccinated. We thank everyone for their patience and remind people to be kind to the schedulers when phoning. Abusive language will not be tolerated.  In addition, please remember to:

  • Only book one appointment per person, booking multiple appointments will slow down the system.
  • Cancel any appointments if you have double-booked, or need to reschedule or cancel. Cancellations can be done through email at: VaccineCancellation@hpph.ca or by calling HPPH Vaccine Booking line: 1-833-753-2098 and Press 2 for Cancellations.

Our phone line and webpage are updated regularly advising whether appointments for future community clinics are available to book.  Please do not call your primary care provider or pharmacy for more information about community clinics. Appointments for community clinics are only booked through HPPH.

Select pharmacies are offering the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to adults aged 55 and older.  Appointments must be booked directly with the pharmacy. A full list of pharmacies offering vaccinations is available at: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/vaccine-locations

There will be enough vaccine for everyone. Anyone who wants to be vaccinated will have an opportunity to be vaccinated. Please know that once HPPH announces that you are eligible for the vaccine, you are always eligible; you will not miss your chance to be vaccinated as there will be more opportunities.

It is important to remember that everyone who has received a first dose, or both doses, of a COVID-19 vaccine must continue to follow all public health measures.  Right now we know the vaccines will protect those who receive it from getting very sick with COVID-19. Until we learn otherwise, however, it is possible that someone who has been vaccinated could still pass the virus on to others. As long as COVID is still circulating at high levels in Ontario, it is important to continue public health measures, even if you are vaccinated.

 

Provincial stay-at-home order

Today the Ontario government declared a state of emergency and issued a province-wide stay-at-home order due to the surge in COVID-19 case numbers and hospitalizations. The stay-at-home order will take effect April 8, 2021 at 12:01am and be in place for at least four weeks.  People should only leave their home for essential reasons, such as getting groceries or medication, attending a medical appointment, or going to school or work.  In addition, travel to other regions of Ontario should be avoided. 

“I realize this is very difficult news for Huron Perth residents and business owners,” says Dr. Klassen. “Decision-makers work to balance social and economic needs with infection control and this is not a decision that the province makes lightly. Variants of concern (VOCs) transmit more easily, making cases and hospitalizations rise dramatically.”

“Although cases have been relatively low in Huron-Perth, HPPH is seeing more VOCs, and we are surrounded by regions that are experiencing an increase in transmission rates.  If we don’t control the spread across Ontario, it’s just a matter of time before it becomes a problem for Huron-Perth as well.

Community vaccination clinics are not impacted by the stay-at-home order and will continue as planned.  HPPH and partners are working together to administer vaccines to as many eligible candidates as possible in the weeks ahead.

 

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