Health unit encourages Sudbury-area residents to get COVID-19 shot as soon as possible

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Public Health Sudbury and Districts said it’s making “great progress” in offering the COVID-19 vaccine to everyone eligible in their service area with more than 200,000 doses administered so far.

“If you have been holding off getting your first dose or have not gotten around to getting your second dose, I encourage you to get your shot as soon as possible,” Medical Officer of Health Dr. Penny Sutcliffe said in a release.

“When it comes to the COVID-19 vaccine, there is no wrong door to choose. Both Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna have been shown to be safe and effective in protecting against COVID-19.”

The health unit is ramping up efforts to make getting the vaccine as easy and convenient as possible.

This weekend, there will be new COVID-19 vaccine pop-up clinics stationed around Greater Sudbury. Anyone eligible to receive a vaccine can drop in to receive their vaccination at one of the clinics without an appointment.

For more information on the pop-up clinics, visit bit.ly/3AIwPs1.

Youth aged 12 and older who received their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine more than 28 days ago are now eligible to book an online appointment to receive their second dose.

This age group can also attend a walk-in COVID-19 clinic in the Sudbury and Manitoulin districts if they received their first dose more than 21 days ago.

“To date, the COVID-19 vaccination program has administered a total of 232,284 doses to residents in Sudbury and districts. Thus far, 137,138 people have received their first dose of the vaccine and 95,146 people have been fully vaccinated,” said a press release.

“Overall, 78.1 per cent of Sudbury and districts residents aged 12 and over have received their first dose of the vaccine, compared to 77.4 per cent for all Ontario residents.”

Additionally, 54.2 per cent of individuals aged 12 and older have received their second dose in Sudbury and districts, compared to 48.4 per cent of Ontario residents of the same age.

“When it comes to the COVID-19 vaccine, there is no wrong door to choose. Both Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna have been shown to be safe and effective in protecting against COVID-19,” said Dr. Sutcliffe.

“Now that youth are eligible to book their second dose sooner, we are well on track to our two-dose summer. Please continue to book your appointments, encourage your friends and family to book theirs, or attend one of our many walk-in clinics.”

According to the health unit’s weekly report, five new cases were reported, and 22 cases were resolved from July 1 to 7. Four of the cases reported were close contacts of a confirmed case, and one was travel related.

All five cases were located in Greater Sudbury.

“Contact tracing information was available for all cases reported from July 1 to July 7,” said the press release.

“Through our investigation, we identified 10 people who had high-risk close contacts with these cases. That is an average of (two) high-risk close contacts per case, compared to an average of 11 contacts per cases reported last week.”

There were no COVID-related deaths, and two new cases screened positive for variants of concern.

One outbreak in a daycare was active during the past week, but it has since been resolved. There are now five active cases in the health unit’s service area. All cases are self-isolating, and there are no local cases in the hospital.

“Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been a total of 2,171 local cases of which 2,165 are resolved, and 31 people have died in our service area,” said the press release.

Visit www.phsd.ca/COVID-19/data for regular updates about COVID-19 testing, confirmed cases, as well as outbreaks and potential exposures in Sudbury and districts.

For more information, visit the health unit’s website or call public health at 705-522-9200.

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Colleen Romaniuk, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Sudbury Star

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