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13-Jul-2021

Grey Bruce Public Health: Get the vax or get the virus! Also, you have a chance to win!


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BY SOUTHGREY.CA STAFF — Grey Bruce Public Health continues to be aggressive with vaccinations in the face of high Delta variant numbers in the region. They contend that the current increase of cases in Grey Bruce is associated with people who are unvaccinated and participating in two main activities where public health recommendations are not followed.

  • The first is private gatherings such as birthday parties particularly where some parents allowed young children to attend and mingle with others while sick with symptoms. Two outbreaks were recently reported:
    1) Grey Bruce Health Unit (GBHU) is investigating multiple cases linked to a field party near Chesley on July 3rd, 2021. It is believed there were approximately 25 people in attendance, all of which were older teenagers and young adults. GBHU is aware of several attendees from different municipalities across Grey and Bruce. Currently, there are 5 confirmed cases linked to the declared outbreak. Anyone who attended this gathering is considered a high-risk contact and should isolate and be tested immediately. Isolation requirements for attendees are enforceable under the Class Order signed by the Medical Officer of Health Dr. Arra on April 16, 2021.
    2) GBHU is working with Bobi’s Play School to address an outbreak of COVID-19 associated with the daycare, located in Meaford. Two confirmed cases have been identified with this outbreak. Staff and management of the daycare are working in collaboration with public health to ensure the safety of the children, families, staff and the community. The individuals with COVID-19 have been contacted directly by our COVID-19 Case and Contact Management Team. We have worked with the individuals and the nursery school and have identified all others, both in and out of the school environment, who may have been exposed and have determined their risk level. Any cohorts that have been identified as contacts to the case have been excluded from the facility at this time.

  • The second is purchasing substance from, and using substance with, others who are infected with COVID-19. Although this transmission was originally people who have challenges with housing, we are now seeing this taking place with people using substance, regardless of housing challenges.

Public health continues to conduct robust and timely case-contact management. Vaccine rollout is maximized through multiple delivery methods including daily clinics, both walk-in and by appointment. There are also walk-in, pop-up and drive-through clinics with our partners including EMS, primary care, and pharmacy. Visit the GBHU Clinic Schedule for dates and times.

The GBHU is asking the public to help them achieve the target of getting the majority of people in Grey Bruce fully vaccinated by the end of July. This would significantly reduce the threat from COVID-19. "It is our only way out to recover from this pandemic," they said in a news release issued over the weekend. "Get the vax or get the virus! Remember, the vaccine takes two weeks to become fully effective."

“With the surge of Delta cases, there is nothing more important for every one of us in Grey Bruce this month than to ensure we get the two doses of vaccine as soon as possible” Said Grey Bruce Top Doctor, Dr. Ian Arra “Investing 30 minutes before the end of July to get the vaccine is our duty to protect ourselves, our families, and our community.” There are about 27,000 people in Grey Bruce still needing their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. They are encouraged to get that vaccine as soon as possible. "Remember you must wait 28 days after your first dose."

According to GBHU, they have capacity and vaccine support, and they are on a good path to complete the mass immunization campaign in July. "This will most likely enable us to dismantle the hub clinics and make that resource available for other communities in need of mass immunization."

As such, there is no practical value for keeping any of the second-dose appointments that are currently scheduled in the Hubs after August 1, 2021. It is in their best interest for anyone with an appointment for second dose scheduled after August 1st, to secure an appointment in the first available clinic, 28 days after their first injection. Selecting an earlier booking date automatically cancels the original later appointment. There are many available options for appointment times and locations in July; check the GBHU Clinic Schedule.

To schedule an earlier appointment, choose either the Local Booking System or Provincial Booking System and select a location and date.

The Local Booking System is a simplified two-step process:
  1. Select a site and,
  2. Under target population choose current eligible population.

You do not need to cancel existing bookings as that will be done automatically. Making a booking assures that a vaccine is available for you.

In response to increased supplies of COVID-19 vaccine, Grey Bruce is expanding existing clinics and adding new clinics. New pop-up clinics and last minute clinics will be added as resources permit. Being fully vaccinated is the best defence against COVID-19. The goal is to have everyone in Grey Bruce vaccinated by the end of July. Most clinics have a walk-in feature. Booking an appointment will ensure a vaccine is available.

In addition, the GBHU and Bruce Power will be sending three lucky people to Cobble Beach Golf Resort for a round with Doug Gilmour, NHL Hall of Famer and Toronto Maple Leafs legend. All it takes to enter the draw is to volunteer or receive a first or second dose at vaccination centres in Kincardine (Davidson Centre), Owen Sound (Owen Sound District Secondary School), and Hanover (P&H Centre), or community pop-up clinics, from July 12-31. Entry details will be available upon sign-in at the vaccination centres. Pat Dalzell, Bruce Power’s Head of Corporate Affairs, hopes the chance to play golf with an NHL legend will keep vaccination centres busy this month. Gilmour entered the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2011 with 1,414 points (450 goals, 964 assists) in 1,474 career games with St. Louis, Calgary, Toronto, New Jersey, Chicago, Buffalo, and Montreal.

Here is a rundown of vaccination clinics this week:

Tuesday, July 13

  • DROP-IN CLINIC at P&H Centre in Hanover. 8:30am - 6:30pm. No appointment necessary or appointments through the Provincial Booking System or Local Booking System.
  • DROP-IN CLINIC at OSDSS in Owen Sound. 8:30am - 6:30pm. No appointment necessary or appointments through the Provincial Booking System or Local Booking System.
  • DROP-IN CLINIC at Meaford & St-Vincent Community Centre in Meaford. 10:00am - 2:00pm. No appointment necessary.
  • Blue Mountains Community Health Centre in Thornbury. 5:00pm - 8:00pm. Book your appointment at www.tbmvaccines.ca

Wednesday, July 14

Thursday, July 15

Friday, July 16

Saturday, July 17

  • Blue Mountains Community Health Centre in Thornbury. 10:00am - 2:00pm. Book your appointment at www.tbmvaccines.ca

Sunday, July 18

  • Blue Mountains Community Health Centre in Thornbury. 10:00am - 2:00pm. Book your appointment at www.tbmvaccines.ca

New pop-up clinics and last minute clinics will be added as resources permit. Being fully vaccinated is the best defense against COVID-19. But everyone can also prevent the spread of the virus everyday by following the basic precautions of the three W’s:

  • Wash hands frequently,
  • Watch distance (ideally 6ft), and
  • Wear face covering correctly

Additionally, avoid crowds and arrange for outdoor activities instead of indoors whenever possible.

Be safe; get the facts and get the vax!

 


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