Strategically, Grey Bruce Public Health have placed large orders on vaccine shipments for each week of July. They plan to deliver the COVID-19 vaccine to greater proportion of our eligible population as soon as possible. We continue to advise the public to get the first and second doses of vaccine, when eligible, as soon as possible.
In response to increased supplies of COVID-19 vaccine, the Grey Bruce area is expanding existing clinics and adding new clinics.
Notably, there are two walk-in clinics, with no appointment required; Tuesday June 29, at the Julie McArthur Recreation Centre in Owen Sound from 4:30 to 6:30 pm; and again Wednesday, June 30, at the P&H Centre in Hanover from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. These clinics are for those 18 years and older and will offer Moderna vaccine, both first or second dose.
National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) and provincial recommendations confirm Moderna is safely interchangeable with both Pfizer and AstraZeneca for second dose.
A youth-only COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic is scheduled for Friday, July 2, at the Hanover P&H Centre. The clinic runs from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Vaccines are by appointment only. The clinic is live on the provincial booking site but only individuals 12-17 years can see this clinic. This is a first dose vaccine clinic. Youth are eligible to get their second dose 56 days after their first dose.
Additionally, there are Hockey Hub Clinics throughout the week; Monday and Tuesday in Owen Sound; Wednesday and Friday in Hanover; and Tuesday and Friday in Kincardine. Appointments for these clinics can be made through the Provincial Booking System or the local booking system, depending on the clinic (see attached schedule).
Over the past week, Grey Bruce has witnessed a sustained increase in the number of cases locally. This increase has seen daily case numbers jump to an average of 25 new cases per day. This is a significant increase from approximately 5 cases per day in prior weeks. The majority of these cases are complex and are related to disadvantaged groups within our society, including transient individuals, people who are homeless and/or using drugs.
The Delta variants appears to be driving the surge. Evidence of the Delta variant has been established in numerous lab confirmed cases and is further supported clinically by the short incubation period, high transmissibility, multiple cases and clusters of cases.
In order to stem this surge, Public Health has scaled up our staff capacity in Case and Contact Management Team. However, ensuring cases observe isolation remains a challenge with this population. Public Health will continue to work with partners on increasing isolation compliance and adhering to public health measures within this sector.
Second doses of COVID-19 vaccine have now been offered to all residents living in shelters in Grey Bruce. Mobile units, with ongoing support from EMS, will be offering the vaccine to individuals living in unregistered shelters/rooming homes this week.
We ask the public to remain vigilant in observing protocols to prevent transmission. Always observe the 3Ws; Wear a mask, Watch your social distancing, Wash your hands.
With vaccine supply increasing, the Grey Bruce Health Unit is in need of volunteers to staff the Hockey Hub Vaccine Clinic locations across Grey and Bruce Counties If you are already enrolled as a volunteer, we would love to see you back!
Depending on the Hub, three shifts of about 20-25 volunteers are needed at each location throughout the day to assist in cleaning, supporting client in navigating and client screening. These are all non-medical positions. Training and appropriate personal protection equipment (PPE) is provided.
Anyone interested in volunteering please read the volunteer information of our website at: www1.publichealthgreybruce.on.ca/COVID-19/Help-my-Community
Applicants must sign a confidentiality agreement.
A volunteer application can be accessed at: gbhu.volunteerlocal.com/volunteer/?id=52217
For more information call 519-376-9420 ext. 3000.
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