The COVID REPORT for July 7-2021

New location for COVID-19 mass immunization clinics on Manitoulin Island

Public Health Sudbury & Districts is advising the public of a new location for the mass immunization clinic on Manitoulin Island.

In a release, the unit states all mass immunization clinics previously scheduled at the NEMI Recreation Centre in Little Current or Mindemoya Missionary Church will now take place at Manitoulin Secondary School at 107 Bay Street in M’Chigeeng.

Also note, all vaccination clinics in the Espanola area have now also been moved to Espanola High School.

The agency says dates and times of scheduled appointments are not affected by the location change unless you are called and receive confirmation, which applies to both first and second dose appointments.

Anyone with questions, can visit our websites for more information.

If you have any questions about your appointment, please call 705.674.2299 (toll-free 1.800.708.2505), between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., seven days a week.

Who can book an appointment?

Individuals aged 12 and over can book an appointment for a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, in addition to all groups who are currently eligible.

Anyone aged 18 and over in the Sudbury and Manitoulin districts who received their first dose of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine more than 21 days ago, or Moderna 28 days ago, or anyone who received AstraZeneca 56 days ago (at least 8 weeks) and who wishes to receive an mRNA vaccine is currently able to book their second dose. To ensure maximum protection against COVID-19 and the Delta variant, anyone 18 and over should book their second dose as soon as possible.

How to book an appointment?

To book online visit covid-19.ontario.ca/book-vaccine or call 705.674.2299 (toll-free: 1.800.708.2505), between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. this weekend, for an appointment.

Vaccine interchangeability

To ensure maximum protection against COVID-19 and the Delta variant, individuals should get vaccinated as soon as possible and attend a walk-in clinic or book their second dose as soon as they are eligible. With the COVID-19 Delta variant spreading throughout Ontario, it is more important than ever to get your second dose to complete your vaccine series as full vaccination offers the greatest protection. All vaccines provided in Ontario provide strong protection against COVID-19 and its variants. Interchanging vaccines is safe, effective, and enables more Ontarians to receive their second dose sooner.

Preparing for a COVID-19 vaccination appointment

  • All vaccination clinics have COVID-safety measures in place. You must not attend a clinic if you have any symptoms of COVID-19 or if you are in isolation due to a COVID-19 exposure.
  • Bring your health card. If you do not have a health card or your health card is expired, bring another form of government-issued photo identification such as a driver’s license, passport, Status card, or birth certificate.
  • Eat and drink something before you arrive at your appointment to prevent feeling faint or dizzy while being vaccinated.
  • Dress for the weather, you may have to wait in line if you plan on attending a walk-in clinic.
  • Wear a top that allows for easy access to the upper arm such as a loose-fitting top or a t-shirt.
  • Wear a mask that covers your nose, mouth, and chin.
  • If you have symptoms of COVID-19, do not attend the clinic.

Visit phsd.ca/COVID-19 or call Public Health Sudbury & Districts at 705.522.9200 (toll-free 1.866.522.9200).

 

A look at the local numbers …

No new cases of COVID-19 in any of the three districts. Public Health Sudbury & Districts down to seven active cases. Health Science Norths reports five people admitted for testing. None are in the ICU.

 

Vaccinations among the young population

Our province’s new chief medical officer of health says “time is of the essence” as Ontario’s schools plan to reopen in less than two months and Doctor Kieran Moore is calling on everyone, especially teenagers and young adults, to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Moore says vaccine uptake has been low among young people, compared to the rest of the population.

He notes that England has seen a ten-fold increase in new cases in the past several weeks, mainly due to the spread of the virus among the younger population.

While Ontario’s COVID-19 numbers have continued to decline, Moore says that can change rapidly.

To date, nearly 60 per cent of those aged 12 to 17 have received one dose of vaccine, 11 per cent are fully vaccinated.

 

School activities

Education Minister Stephen Lecce says, if vaccination rates improve, schools will be allowed to resume most extracurricular activities, sports, and clubs when classes resume in September.

Lecce says these are the activities which help boost the mental health of our children.

But he adds there will still have to be certain protocols

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