‘Take what you’re given first’ for COVID vaccines

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Monday, March 1, marked the one year anniversary of the first COVID-19 case reported in Durham Region. Since then, the Region has logged over 11,800 cases and almost 300 deaths. The Township of Uxbridge has recorded 247 cases (six as of press time Tuesday evening) and 24 deaths. This time last year, however, a vaccine seemed like a pipe dream. But over the weekend, Health Canada approved the AstraZeneca vaccine. According to medical statistics, the AstraZeneca vaccine is reported to have an efficacy of 62 per cent and has been authorized for adults 18 and older. While this vaccine is overall less effective than the Pfizer and Moderna shots, it is reportedly 100 per cent effective at preventing serious illness, hospitalizations and death from the virus.

Uxbridge physician Dr. Carlye Jensen says the best shot is whichever shot you can get.

“We all know 5-point restraints are better than our standard seat belts with shoulder and lap belts. But would you wait for a 5-point restraint to be installed and not use the regular seatbelt offered? Of course not. We are still driving in a COVID-ridden world and you need to wear a seatbelt, so take the one you are given first,” says Jensen.

On Wednesday, the region announced that vaccine booking for those who are 80+ in Durham will begin on March 8. Appointments can be made online at www.durham.ca/vaccineappointment or via telephone at 1-800-841-2729 on or after that date.

Asymptomatic testing is also ramping up in schools. The Durham District School Board reports that testing in the region has started and that it plans to have the first round completed by the end of March. The DDSB also says that it will relay specific details about testing to each school community closer to the date that testing will be offered.

Justyne Edgell, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Uxbridge Cosmos