CORNWALL – Increased supply and school-age vaccinations mean more appointments are being added by the Eastern Ontario Health Unit.
Two weeks ago, the EOHU announced it would have 28,000 COVID-19 vaccine appointments in June, thanks to increased vaccine supply to Canada. Up until the middle of June, 18,000 of those appointments had already been added and booked.
More supply, along with Ministry of Education coordinated school-age COVID-19 vaccinations for youth age 12-17 mean another 16,000 appointments are added to the end of June. This is a 6,000 dose boost from the amount originally planned.
“We had booked already, before those (youth vaccination) clinics, 3,000 12-to-17 year olds for our clinics through to June 12th,” said Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, medical officer of health for the EOHU. “We have reserved another 9,500 in our June 14th and 21st clincs.”
All four school boards that serve the EOHU region will be in contact with families to book appointments for those family vaccination clinics explained Roumeliotis.
“The families will be able to book online using their OHIP card,” he said.
The clinics will provide a first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for all members of a family between the ages of 12 and 17, and parents of those youth who have not received a first dose. Second dose clinics are planned for later in the summer. Pfizer is the only COVID-19 vaccine approved for youth in that age group.
The provincial government has said that its goal is to provide two-dose vaccinations for all youth before returning to school in September.
Phillip Blancher, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Morrisburg Leader