Ottawa area COVID-19 weekly immunization check-up: October 28


Strong points:

  • Ontario shares its plan to lift pandemic five-month restrictions.
  • New rules for federal officials, domestic travelers are about to come into force.
  • Federal updates on dose supply for children, international proof of vaccination.
  • It is safe for people who have had an allergic reaction to their first dose.
  • Local authorities are focusing on fear of needles and reluctance among pregnant women.

Every Thursday, CBC Ottawa brings you this roundup of COVID-19 vaccine developments across the region. You can find more information via the links at the bottom of the page.

Over 3.5 million doses have been administered in the greater Ottawa-Gatineau region, which has a population of approximately 2.3 million.

This represents around 20,000 doses last week, down slightly from the previous week.

Provincial photo

Ontario has released a plan to slowly reduce public health measures as its situation improves.

It started on Monday with the lifting of capacity limits in more places covered by his vaccination passport, the next step being mid-November and the last one scheduled for the end of March.

WATCH | Summary of rule changes planned by Ontario:

Ontario announces intention to lift all COVID-19 restrictions by end of March 2022

Ontario has announced plans to lift all pandemic restrictions, in phases, by the end of March. It will begin by lifting capacity limits at restaurants, bars and gyms for fully vaccinated people next Monday. 2:48

Vaccine rules for federal officials and many domestic travelers begin Saturday. The Ottawa police have also published their vaccination policies, while school personnel in Quebec will not have to be vaccinated.

Ninety percent of eligible Quebec residents have received at least one dose and 86 percent are fully immunized.

Eighty-eight percent of Ontario residents aged 12 and over have at least one dose of the vaccine, while about 84 percent are fully immunized.

The Prime Minister said late last week that Pfizer was sending enough doses of the vaccine to allow all children between the ages of five and 11 to get a first dose soon after Health Canada approved it for use. this age group.

WATCH | Learn more about this Pfizer vaccine under review:

Public health officials say Pfizer pediatric vaccine formulation is different from adult version

Dr. Supriya Sharma, Chief Medical Advisor at Health Canada, says that while the technology used to make the two vaccines is similar, the formulation of the pediatric version currently under review at Health Canada is different. 2:38

Justin Trudeau also said he was confident other countries would accept provincial and territorial vaccination proof records.

On the rare occasion that people have allergic reactions to their first injection of COVID-19, the Canadian Vaccine Advisory Committee now says it’s safe to get a second dose.

While reports of decreased immunity may seem concerning, scientists explain that an initial decrease in antibody levels may also be necessary in the fight against COVID-19 because it helps refine the plan of attack of the virus. immune system.


The capital still has a regular network and ephemeral clinics for anyone eligible to receive a first, second or third dose, a neighborhood vaccination centers, and is provide mobile vaccination clinics to those who request them.

There’s a pop-up at Bells Corners FreshCo on Thursday.

Four free group therapy sessions will be offered to anyone afraid of needles next month at the University of Ottawa.

Over 1.6 million doses have now been delivered to Ottawa residents.

Of the city’s total population of just over one million, 79 percent of residents have received at least one dose, including 90 percent of residents born in 2009 or before.

Seventy-five percent of the total population is fully immunized, as are 86 percent of eligible residents.

This combined bar and line graph shows immunization figures for Ottawa residents born in 2009 or earlier. Each age group is at least about 90% fully immunized, with the exception of two: 18 to 29 and 30 to 39, each closer to 75%. (Ottawa Public Health)

Western Quebec

The CISSSO continues to list the recurring ones, mobile and pop-up clinics in line.

The Outaouais distributed approximately 600,000 doses – combined first, second and third – among a population of approximately 386,000 people.

Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington

It manages smaller clinics and mobile clinics to better reach areas with low vaccination rates, with options shared regularly online and on its social feeds.

The region, with a population of approximately 213,000, has received over 330,000 doses of vaccine – first, second and third combined – administered to residents.

The health unit has now administered a first dose to about 89% of its population aged 12 and over, and about 85% of those eligible have been fully immunized.

WATCH | The Queen’s expert on the evolution of the pandemic:

Several years before COVID-19 becomes a seasonal illness, specialist says

Dr Gerald Evans, chair of the division of infectious diseases at Queen’s University, says it will likely take years for COVID-19 to become a seasonal disease, as the vaccination rate around the world is very uneven. 1:32

Eastern Ontario Health Unit

Over 328,000 doses of the vaccine have been administered to a population of approximately 209,000 people. About 91 percent of residents 12 years of age and older are partially vaccinated and about 87 percent are fully vaccinated.

Details of its regular and pop-up vaccination clinics are regularly shared on his website and social media. There is a clinic on Saturday at his Casselman office.

Leeds, Grenville and Lanark.

The health unit has administered nearly 298,000 doses to residents, seeing 98 percent of its eligible population with at least one dose and about 94 percent of those residents have at least two doses.

Even though this is the best rate in the province, it always wants to improve. He says just over half of pregnant women in his area are fully vaccinated, even though real-world evidence shows the vaccine is safe while waiting.

Other local health units shared a similar post.

The unit is publication of walk-in vaccine locations on Twitter and in line. Upcoming options include Fridays at the Brockville YMCA and Sundays at the Brockville Health Unit office.

Hastings Prince Edward

There are regular clinics in Bancroft, Belleville and Picton. It lists community clinics on his website, as at the Church of the Sacred Heart of Mary in Madoc on Thursday.

Approximately 258,000 doses were administered to the inhabitants of this area. Approximately 5,200 additional doses were administered at CFB Trenton.

Eighty-nine percent of the local population aged 12 and over has now received a first dose. Eighty-three percent are fully immunized.

Renfrew County

The health unit regularly shares information about pop-up and online walk-in clinics. There are clinics in Barry’s Bay on Thursdays and Saturdays, as well as an appointment-only clinic at the Pembroke Health Unit office on Thursday afternoons.

With a population of approximately 109,000, Renfrew County has distributed approximately 155,000 doses as of its last update on October 18.

About 88 percent of its eligible population, including members of the Petawawa Garrison, have at least a first dose and about 84 percent are fully immunized.

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