A major milestone reached in terms of local vaccination success

As the Province entered step 3 of reopening, and Grey Bruce entered a modified step 3 of reopening, the Grey Bruce Health Unit is happy to announce a major milestone in terms of vaccination success locally.  We have surpassed giving over 200,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine locally (up from about 140,000 last week of June). The majority of COVID-19 infections and deaths are among unvaccinated people. Vaccine is the best way to control the spread of the COVID-19 virus, especially with the recent surge of the Delta Variant. Get your vaccine.

As of end of day, on July 15th202,213 total doses had been given locally.  That translates to:

  • 74% of the eligible population with 1 dose of vaccine (up from 70% last week of June)
  • 61% of the eligible population with 2 doses of the vaccine (up from 24% last week of June)

While this milestone is a success, we have a couple of weeks left to ramp down the mass immunization campaign in the large Hockey Hubs, and to start ramping up the targeted immunization campaign  At the end of July, all large vaccine Hubs will be disassembled to return to community functions. Please attend a Hub to get your second dose now.  Please remember, if you have an appointment to a Hub clinic in August or September, they will be cancelled.

As mass vaccination is completed and the Hubs are closed, targeted immunization strategies, utilized for the past weeks, will be the focus of our efforts after August 1, 2021, including:

–          Pop-up mobile clinics (e.g. at rooming homes, unregistered shelters, …)
–          Drive-through clinics (e.g. at gyms, hockey games, malls…)
–          First Nations clinics (at both Nawash and Saugeen First Nations)
–          Hospital delivery (through ER as well as inpatient)
–          Workplace clinics

The traditional vaccine system will also continue to play a major role in increasing coverage and providing a long term vaccine rollout:

–          Pharmacy (35 locations)
–          Primary Care clinics (12 locations)
–          Health unit vaccine clinic, school vaccinations

We would like to remind everyone of a fabulous promotion to encourage you to get your vaccine as soon as possible.  By getting your vaccine between now and the end of July, The Grey Bruce Health Unit and Bruce Power will send three lucky people to Cobble Beach Golf Resort for a round of golf 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.