There’s still time to get your vaccination in Ridgetown.
In an effort to make vaccines more accessible, a pop-up clinic is being held at the Ridgetown office of the CK Family Health Team on Erie Street South on Thursday, July 22nd, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
If you haven’t gotten your vaccination yet, Chatham-Kent Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Colby said now is the time to act.
“This is not the time to sit back and relax. It’s a time to roll up your sleeves and get vaccinated,” said Colby.
Approximately 74 percent of Chatham-Kent residents 12 and older have received at least one dose, and 54 percent have received two. However, 48 percent of youth aged 12-17 have received just one dose, while 15 percent have received both.
According to Colby, while the group of people who want to get vaccinated is proceeding along fine, he would like to motivate more people to get their first vaccine.
“I’m disappointed, to be quite frank about it,” said Dr. Colby. “I like to see Chatham-Kent leading rather than play catch up.”
Colby said the rumours that vaccines are not safe are simply not true. He added the vaccines have been tested and gone through all appropriate steps and measures to be approved by Health Canada.
“One of the arguments I hear most from the vaccine-hesitant is that these vaccines have not been sufficiently tested and that they were rushed into production -- that is certainly not true,” said Colby.
He added the average vaccine would get about 6,000 test subjects before marketing. Pfizer and Moderna had over 40,000 each and have been extensively tested.
“Health Canada has extremely stringent standards. They’re not going to approve these vaccines unless they are proven to be safe and effective in those age groups,” said Colby. “The vaccine is very protective against all of the variants that have been described so far. Not only will it protect the recipient, but it stops the (virus) from moving through the vaccinated person and having them infect others.”
Colby said it is important that despite Step 3 being in effect, people must remember to avoid large crowds of people together.
“It is 67 percent more contagious than what we have been dealing with in previous variants,” said Dr. Colby. “We have to make sure that people understand that even though restaurants are opening up, we can’t have lineups and crowds of people gathered together.”
To book an appointment, call 519-354-0070, extension 614. Walk-ins will also be welcome.
Bird Bouchard, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Ridgetown Independent News