All mass vaccination clinics in the HKPR health unit area, such as the SG Nesbitt arena in Minden, are set to close.

As of Sept. 3, mobile pop-up clinics will be scheduled around the County for those who haven’t received two shots of a COVID-19 vaccine.

“While we did see large numbers of people come through our mass immunization clinics, we know that there are some areas of our region in which the vaccination rates are still lower,” said Dr. Natalie Bocking, HKPR Medical Officer of Health in a press release. “Mobile clinics are now being offered in some of our smaller communities making it easier for people to get vaccinated without having to worry about transportation issues or taking time off work to travel to a clinic.”

Currently, mobile clinics will visit Abbey Gardens on Sept. 19 from 1-4 p.m. and the South Algonquin Country Store in Harcourt on Sept. 18 from noon until 3 p.m.

Appointments aren’t required for mobile clinics.

The health unit also said they’re planning to offer vaccination clinics at local secondary schools this fall, currently working to finalize dates and locations.

The Health unit reports 71 per cent of COVID-19 cases in the region since June were among unvaccinated people. 10.8 per cent were fully vaccinated.

“These numbers demonstrate to me that at a community level the vaccine is making a difference,” said Bocking.

As of Aug. 30, 81.6 per cent of the region has received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 76.4 per cent have received two doses.

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