The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit says it is the first health unit to have 90 percent of eligible residents fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
According to a press release from the health unit, the region reached the milestone on Tuesday.
“I am very proud of our community and the people who live in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark for helping us get 90% of our population 12 and older fully vaccinated,” said Dr. Paula Stewart, Medical Health Officer region of. .
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The Eastern Ontario Health Unit is ahead of the provincial average by nearly 20 percent, and the province reports that just under 71 percent of residents are fully vaccinated in the province.
The health unit said success in the region is due both to residents, who have voluntarily participated in the health unit’s vaccination strategy, and to local community partners.
“Our local residents continue to encourage and support their neighbors, family and friends to get the COVID-19 vaccine and make sure everyone is protected,” said Rebecca Kavanagh, acting director of the health unit’s healthy living department.
Municipalities have opened hockey rinks and community centers for vaccine clinics. Primary care physicians and pharmacies have offered the vaccine. Paramedics have administered the vaccine to people who cannot leave their homes. Add it all up and the health unit strategy has been a winning combination.
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Although the majority of vaccines were administered between April and July of this year, the health unit’s COVID-19 vaccine control panel shows that vaccines have continued to be administered by the thousands per week, with more than 3,000 doses administered by week during the last month.
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