Vaccine rollout update from South Algonquin

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The Renfrew County District Health Unit provided an update on its vaccine rollout progress on its website on June 30. In addition, the executive director of the South Algonquin Family Health Team, Jim Etmanski, also provided news on how the vaccine rollout is going in South Algonquin Township.

According to the RCDHU website, they informed the public they were cancelling all appointments that were previously booked after July 18. They said that residents will be required to re-register online to book an earlier appointment at an upcoming clinic, and that many appointments will be added over the next couple of weeks to support individuals booking their second dose sooner. They said that anybody encountering issues with finding available appointments may also have to register again online to book an appointment. The RCDHU also caution people that vaccine clinic dates and times are available based on vaccine supply.

According to the RCDHU, eligible people who can book their first dose appointment based upon vaccine availability include; residents in the general population who are aged 12 years or older, and must be 12 years old as of the date of the vaccination shot. Those who are permitted to book an early second dose appointment based upon the availability of the vaccine are; residents aged 18 years and over who have gotten their first does of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine, and this dose must be booked at least 28 days after the first dose (as per the recommended interval).

Residents are asked to sign up online at rcdhu.com or if they can’t sign up online, to call 613-732-3629 or 1-800-267-1097 and leave their name and phone number and someone will get back to them. They can also put their name in at the Weekly Extra Dose Sign Up List at rcdhu.com and they will be contacted if any last minute vaccination appointments become available.

Jim Etmanski, the executive director of the South Algonquin Family Health Team, said on June 30 that they’d been quite busy over the past few days preparing for their third vaccination clinic up in Whitney.

“We held the clinic on June 29 and had 132 people from our municipality as well as visitors from neighbouring communities receive their second shot,” he says.

Etmanski says that the Whitney pharmacy held a clinic on June 25 and administered another 60 plus shots to the public as well. He says that the pharmacy will continue to book daily appointments for the foreseeable future as they receive vaccine deliveries each week.

“Our Family Health Team will be receiving more vaccine for primary care office use in mid to late July,” he says. “This is part of the Ministry’s plan to get vaccine into Doctors’ offices.”

Michael Riley, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Bancroft Times

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