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Vaccine Shortages And Delays Mean Thousands Less Doses For Local Residents

KAWARTHA LAKES-The Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge (HKPR)District Health Unit, like the rest of the province, is seeing a delays and shortages in vaccine deliveries.

Officials say they are seeing a delay in the delivery of Moderna vaccine. Originally expected on April 19, we will not see this delivery until May 5. As well, local allocation of Pfizer vaccine has been reduced starting the last week of April from 5,800 doses a week to 3,500 a week.

“This vaccine shortage, coupled with the expanded list of people who are eligible for the vaccine, means some local residents are challenged in booking a local vaccination appointment.” Dr Bocking, Medical Officer of Health HKPR told Kawartha 411 News.

Bocking explains the Health Unit does not offer vaccination appointments unless the vaccine is confirmed. This means there is no vaccine “on hand” but rather it has been spoken for at an upcoming clinic.

“The benefit to this approach is that no one who currently has a booked appointment will have their appointment cancelled.” said Bocking.

To date 30,052 vaccines have been administered within the HKPR district which includes Haliburton and Northumberland. 6,109 of those in the last week. The population is approximately 175,000 people.

The vaccine shortage does mean that the Health Unit will not be able to add as many future clinics or appointments as hoped according to Bocking. However, the province has increased the number of pharmacies now offering AstraZeneca vaccine to people who are 55 years of age and older. As well, some primary care providers will be starting to offer the Astra Zeneca vaccine to patients 55 years and older beginning this week and next. These additional access points will help ensure more people have access to vaccines for COVID-19.

“The Health Unit encourages everyone to continue to check the provincial booking system as more appointments will be added as the vaccine becomes available. As well, everyone is urged to follow the provincial Stay-at-Home order to help stop any further spread of the virus.” Bocking said.

To book an appointment click here:https://covid-19.ontario.ca/book-vaccine/

Or Call 1-888-999-6488

Individuals born in 1961 or earlier who do not have internet access, can call the Provincial Vaccine Information Line at 1-888-999-6488. Phone lines will be open Monday to Sunday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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Pamela Vanmeer
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Pamela VanMeer is a two time winner of the prestigious Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) Award. Her investigative reports on abuse in Long Term Care Homes garnered international attention for the issue and won the Ron Laidlaw Award. She is a former reporter and anchor at CHEX News, now Global Peterborough and helped launch the New CHEX Daily, a daily half hour talk show. While at CHCH News in Hamilton she covered some of the biggest news stories of the day.

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