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More eligible for vaccination but some supplies delayed

In the past 14 days, HKPR District Health Unit has been notified of 282 confirmed cases and more than 500 high-risk contacts.

In addition, the health unit is staffing five mass immunization clinics, investigating eight community outbreaks, responding to 200 to 300 phone calls and emails daily.

Also it is working with health care partners to set up programs to immunize homebound residents, and working with primary health care providers to implement vaccination of patients.

As a result, the following changes are being made:

As well as the work created by additional cases, the Health Unit is experiencing challenges due to decreases in local vaccine delivery while seeing an increase in the number of people now eligible for vaccination. Like elsewhere in the province, expected shipments of the Moderna vaccine have been delayed. The Health Unit will also be receiving less Pfizer vaccine than expected – 3,500 doses a week as opposed to 5,800 doses a week received previously.

“Our goal is to vaccinate as many people as possible, but with expanded eligibility provincially and no additional vaccine to provide locally, we are challenged to offer more clinics for our residents,” Dr. Bocking says.

HKPR District Health Unit does not book appointments without having a vaccine delivery confirmed, she says, so residents who have an appointment will not see those cancelled. Instead, it means the Health Unit will not be able to offer as many new appointments as first planned.

Dr. Natalie Bocking, Medical Officer of Health for the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit says that the recent spike in cases has stretched the capacity of the health unit to its limits, and the organization has had to make some process changes to balance the work involved with new cases while continuing to offer mass immunization clinics in the communities.

“We are doing a bit of a dance right now as we continue to work through new cases while also rolling out our vaccination clinics as we know that, in the long run, the vaccinations will play a major role in changing the trajectory of the pandemic.”

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