Prevalence of Delta Variant a concern

If you have a second dose appointment scheduled after August 3, the local Health Unit is asking you to immediately rebook sooner or ‘walk in’ for your COVID-19 vaccine.

With the more infectious Delta variant now being the most common strain of COVID-19 in Ontario, the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit is urging anyone age 12 years and older to get their second vaccine dose as soon as possible so they are fully protected. Currently, there are plenty of COVID-19 vaccine doses available and many places in which to get immunized in Haliburton County, Northumberland County and the City of Kawartha Lakes.

As of August 3, the Health Unit is cancelling all second dose appointments from the provincial booking system made in August, September, October, and November at its COVID-19 vaccination clinic sites in Minden, Cobourg, Fenelon Falls and Campbellford.

“With ample COVID-19 vaccine supply and many vacant appointments this week, we are asking people not to delay getting their second dose,” says Dr. Natalie Bocking, Medical Officer of Health with the HKPR District Health Unit. “As fall arrives, we expect to see an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in our area. People who have not received both doses of their COVID-19 vaccine will be most at risk, so the sooner everyone is fully vaccinated, the better our communities will be protected.”

There are a number of ways people can get a second dose (or first dose) of COVID-19 vaccine:

“We appreciate everyone’s understanding to rebook second dose appointments earlier or walk-in for a vaccine,” says Dr. Booking. “Getting needles into more arms as quickly as possible is the best way to fight COVID-19 and the Delta variant.”

UPDATE: The Health Unit is in the process of adding more local clinic appointments in July to the Provincial Booking System. Please check back soon. If you have your second-dose appointment booked in August, look online for more clinic times to move up your appointment to July.

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