Vaccine clinics set to launch for seniors

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The date has been set for vaccine clinics.

Dr. Kit Young Hoon, medical officer of health at the NWHU, said they are happy to announce that they will begin offering regularly scheduled COVID-19 vaccine clinics across the region starting the week of March 22.

Young Hoon said the first clinics will be open to healthcare workers and adults aged 80 and older. Members of the public will use the new provincial booking system that is set to open on March 15 to schedule a vaccination appointment at the clinics.

Members of the public over the age of 80 can self-register directly with the booking system once it is open, Young Hoon adds.

“By the first week of April, there will be a rotating schedule of vaccine clinics in 12 communities in NWHU service areas at least every two weeks and in Kenora every week,” Young Hoon said. “All clinics will be open to specific priority groups consistent with the provinces three phase vaccine rollout plan.”

Young Hoon adds that all clinics are by appointment only and there will be no drop-in vaccination appointments.

As of Tuesday morning, 952 doses of the vaccine that the Northwestern Health Unit (NWHU) has received have been given to local residents.

Six new cases were reported by the NWHU on Tuesday. Three are in the Kenora region, two in the Sioux Lookout region and one in the Rainy River District.

Young Hoon said between the week of March 1 to March 7, the district had 44 new confirmed cases, with 22 in Kenora, seven in Sioux Lookout, seven in the Red Lake area, three in Fort Frances and three in the Dryden area.

As well, two new hospitalizations occurred. There is currently one person in the hospital due to COVID-19.

Through the NWHU’s investigation, it was determined that 15 of the new cases were close contacts of positive cases, nine were related to an outbreak and the source of exposure remains unknown for 20 of the new cases, Young Hoon said.

The link to the provincial booking system will be spread widely by the NWHU once is has been launched and there will be evening and weekend clinic hours available in all communities where there are vaccination clinics.

Natali Trivuncic, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Fort Frances Times