Grey Bruce Health Unit is celebrating passing the milestone of 100,000 COVID-19 vaccines distributed.
As of June 3, almost 103,000 vaccines had been administered by the team. That makes 64 percent of residents over age 12 who live in the two counties.
Among these, seven percent also have received their second dose. The population in the health unit is about 162,000.
The Health Unit has arranged for paramedics to deliver at-home vaccines for housebound residents. Other special mobile teams have administered vaccines to those living in group homes. Pharmacies also have been giving vaccines, as elsewhere in the province.
But the three large “hockey hub” sites at arenas in Grey Bruce have been the key approach used. Each one is capable of giving more than 3,000 shots per day. The flow-through approach minimizes surface touching and maintains distancing throughout.
It also allows many health unit staff to continue with regular duties on other days.
Younger age groups are increasing rapidly now that they are eligible, the health unit said. More than 20 percent of those 12 to 17 have received their first vaccine.
On June 2, there were 12 cases reported in the two counties, but that increased again on June 3 as an outbreak of at least 10 cases was declared at a rooming house in Hanover. Anyone who had visited since May 26 was being asked to self-isolate and contact the health unit.
The rooming house has been closed and the health unit is supporting individuals in the rooming house as well as close contacts as needed with a place to stay, food, and support so they do not go through alcohol or drug withdrawal, the news release said. A mobile vaccine team will be offering vaccines.
Assessment centres in Grey Bruce will reduce their hours starting next Monday, June 7. With fewer local cases and higher vaccination rates, the number of those using the service has been dropping the last several weeks.
Appointments and hours can be checked online and appointments can also be booked via phone at 519-378-1466.
M.T. Fernandes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Dundalk Herald