HPPH offers more COVID-19 vaccination options

Huron Perth, ON – Starting next week, Huron Perth Public Health will provide more options to make it easier for residents to get vaccinated, including walk-ins, evening hours, pop-up locations and a drive-thru clinic. HPPH urges anyone who is not yet fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to get their first and/or second dose as soon as they are able. 

Details:

  • Clinics are open for first and second doses and will primarily administer the Pfizer vaccine, unless otherwise specified.
  • Pfizer is the only vaccine currently approved for youth ages 12 to 17 and is the only vaccine that will be administered to youth, in keeping with age requirements.
  • Walk-ins will be accepted at all clinics, sometimes during a specified time.
  • Appointments can still be booked for some clinics. Staff will direct both booked appointments and walk-ins upon arrival.
  • If this is your second dose, make sure it has been at least 28 days since your first mRNA dose, or eight weeks from a first dose of AstraZeneca.
  • mRNA vaccines (Pfizer and Moderna) can be mixed safely and effectively. You can receive one product for your first dose, and the other for your second dose.  If your first dose was AstraZeneca, you can receive either vaccine for your second dose.
  • Bring your health card with you, if you have one, or another piece of identification.
  • Please bring a mask and wear a short-sleeved shirt.
  • Please dress for the weather and bring water with you to stay hydrated, as you may need to wait in line outside (for walk-ins).

Please visit the HPPH website, Facebook or Twitter for the latest updates on clinics and walk-in opportunities:

Currently, 77% of Huron Perth residents aged 12 and older have received one dose of vaccine and 62% are fully vaccinated.  “While we are pleased by the vaccination coverage rates in our region, there remains a large proportion of the eligible population who have not been vaccinated.  This means they are susceptible to contracting COVID-19 and could spread the virus to others,” says Dr. Miriam Klassen, Medical Officer of Health. 

COVID-19 continues to circulate in Huron Perth and across Ontario. The majority of new cases are in unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals.  Two doses of vaccine are needed for full protection, especially against the Delta variant.  Delta is the dominant strain of COVID-19 in Ontario and spreads very easily from infected individuals to others. Full vaccination not only protects you, but also your loved ones, and the community – especially those who cannot be vaccinated. 

Full vaccination is key to resuming more of our usual activities; for example, fully vaccinated individuals may not be required to self-isolate if they are identified as High Risk Contacts to a confirmed case, because the risk of them acquiring and transmitting infection is much lower than someone who is not fully vaccinated.

Full vaccination will help avoid another surge in cases in Huron Perth, and the rest of Ontario, which means restrictions can be eased further.

In order to move beyond Step Three of the provincial Roadmap to Reopen, Ontario needs to have:

  • at least 80% of the eligible population (aged 12 and older) with one vaccine dose and 75% with two doses
  • no public health unit with less than 70% of their eligible population aged 12 and older fully vaccinated

Select local pharmacies continue to provide COVID-19 vaccine.  Please visit https://covid-19.ontario.ca/vaccine-locations for a full list of locations.  In addition, some area primary care providers (family doctors) are offering vaccines to their patients.  If your primary care provider is offering vaccines, you will need to book an appointment directly with them.

 

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