Vaccine information update

Update on vaccination clinic location

People who received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine at an immunization clinic in Haliburton will need to visit a new location for their second dose.

As of June 9, the clinic at the A.J. LaRue Arena has closed. The clinic, which was hosted by the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit, was one of two mass immunization clinics held in Haliburton County. The second location, at the S.G. Nesbitt Memorial Arena in Minden, continues to operate.

The health unit said on June 16 that area residents who received their first dose at the Haliburton clinic will have had a second dose appointment booked already. These appointment dates and times remain the same, but individuals will now need to visit the clinic in Minden for their vaccination.

Residents who are eligible for their second dose can also contact their local pharmacies to see about booking an appointment. As well, residents can also check with their primary health care providers to see if they can book an appointment, the health unit said.

“We are thankful for the municipal and community support that allowed us to set up a mass immunization clinic in Haliburton for a period of time,” said Dr. Natalie Bocking, medical officer of health for the HKPR District Health Unit.

“As the vaccine rollout has increased and evolved, there are now a number of different options available to residents to book their appointments as well as the clinic in Minden,” she said.

The Health Unit will be sending letters and emails to area residents who received their first dose at the previous Haliburton clinic. As well, there will be signage at the Haliburton arena to help direct individuals to the Minden clinic site. Residents are also encouraged to continue checking the Health Unit’s website for clinic location updates: hkpr.on.ca.

No appointment nights in Lindsay

Ross Memorial Hospital and the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit are working together to make it even easier for area residents to receive their COVID-19 vaccinations.

No Appointment Needed Nights are being held at Ross Memorial’s drive-thru vaccination clinic at the Lindsay Exhibition on June 17, 22, and 24 from 4 -7:30 p.m.

People 18 and older who meet provincial guidelines including the following criteria are eligible to attend the clinics:

 ·         This will be your first vaccine dose.

·         It has been eight weeks after first dose of AstraZeneca.

·         It has been 28 days after first dose of Moderna.

·         It has been 28 days after first dose of Pfizer.

These No Appointment Needed Nights are the result of an increased Moderna vaccine supply in the region.  All individuals in the vehicle at RMH’s vaccination clinic must wear a mask covering their mouth and nose when interacting with clinic personnel. Individuals being vaccinated are advised to wear a loose, comfortable shirt and must bring their Ontario health card. Following their vaccination, individuals are monitored in their vehicles for an additional 15 minutes, or 30 minutes if they have a history of allergic reactions.

(Health news compiled by Lisa Gervais)

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