Kawartha Lakes residents who have been born in 1941 or earlier will be capable to begin reserving appointments for his or her COVID-19 vaccinations on Monday.
Residents should guide their vaccination appointment by way of the provincial reserving system. The system will go reside on March 15 and folks will be capable to guide on-line or by way of the cellphone. Clinic dates fluctuate, and appointments will probably be booked on dates with obtainable clinic house.
Appointments aren’t obtainable by way of well being care suppliers or by calling the native public well being company.
Solely these eligible (born in 1941 or earlier) will be capable to guide their appointments at the moment. Particulars on the web site location and cellphone quantity to guide appointments will probably be shared by the province this weekend.
Vaccinations will probably be given at mass immunization clinics being held in two places in Kawartha Lakes – the Lindsay Exhibition (LEX) and the Fenelon Falls Hearth Neighborhood Centre. The LEX web site is being organized and staffed initially by the Ross Memorial Hospital (RMH) with the assist of the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Well being Unit (HKPRDHU). HKPRDHU will probably be staffing the Fenelon Falls Hearth Station mass immunization clinic.
“We all know our residents have been patiently ready for his or her probability to be vaccinated and we’re happy to work with quite a lot of totally different well being care suppliers, the municipality and group businesses to make that occur,” stated Dr. Ian Gemmill, Appearing Medical Officer of Well being for the HKPRDHU.
“All of our native well being care suppliers and group companions need to get the vaccine into as many arms as doable straight away, and we’re happy to see these clinics get underway.”
RMH has been an energetic associate all through the pandemic response. The hospital has organized and staffed the native evaluation centre to manage COVID-19 checks, assisted long-term care properties whereas in outbreak, and have most lately acquired and administered COVID-19 vaccine to high-risk and precedence well being care staff and first responders recognized below section one of many province’s vaccine distribution plan.
“Our employees have labored tirelessly all through the pandemic and we’re happy to have the ability to present a clinic to vaccinate our most senior residents,” says Kelly Isfan, CEO of RMH.
The mass immunization clinic on the LEX will function as a drive-through clinic to assist guarantee as many residents as doable might be vaccinated. The clinic on the Fenelon Falls Neighborhood Centre will function as a set web site. Particulars for each clinics and the provincial reserving system might be discovered on the Well being Unit’s web site: www.hkpr.on.ca.
“This previous 12 months has been extraordinarily difficult for our residents,” stated Andy Letham, Mayor of Kawartha Lakes. “Now we have misplaced family members throughout devastating outbreaks, skilled monetary challenges as our work and companies have been closed and missed family members and buddies as we abide by stay-at-home orders and practise bodily distancing. This vaccine doesn’t imply issues will return to regular straight away, however it’s step in the appropriate path to get us again to the best way issues was once.”
Residents of retirement properties and congregate care setting for seniors (eg. assisted dwelling) don’t have to name to guide an appointment. These people will obtain their vaccinations from the HKPRDHU, and people clinics will happen in these retirement properties.
Neighborhood Care Metropolis of Kawartha Lakes will present accessible transportation to the clinics for eligible seniors and adults with particular wants who require it. Neighborhood Care desires to ensure that transportation isn’t a barrier for these desirous to get vaccinated. Extra particulars on the right way to schedule a journey will probably be introduced within the coming days.
As soon as vaccinations of residents born in 1941 or earlier is full, HKPRDHU will start accepting appointments from these highlighted within the province’s precedence teams – adults with high-risk persistent circumstances and their caregivers, these unable to make money working from home, and older adults between the ages of 60 to 79 in five-year increments. HKPRDHU may additionally implement further vaccination clinic fashions together with cell clinics and pop-up clinics to assist attain extra residents because the record of individuals eligible for vaccinations continues to increase.
“We’re beginning to see the sunshine on the finish of the tunnel,” Gemmill stated. “The HKPRDHU area has not been receiving as a lot vaccine as different areas of the province because of our low inhabitants and decrease incidence of COVID instances. I’ve been asking individuals to be affected person and that persistence is about to be rewarded, because the province is telling us we should always quickly have sufficient vaccine to vaccinate all of our residents earlier than the top of June.”
Till everyone seems to be absolutely vaccinated, Gemmill urges individuals to proceed to observe the general public well being suggestions: keep house if ailing, solely exit for important causes, put on a masks when in public, follow bodily distancing, and wash your arms completely and ceaselessly.