“Excellent” progress is being made in the early stages of the COVID-19 vaccination blitz in Eastern Ontario, says Medical Officer of Health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis.
All long-term care facility and retirement home residents in Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry, Prescott-Russell, Cornwall and the northern part of Akwesasne have received two doses of the vaccine, he said at a media briefing Thursday.
Currently, vaccines are being administered to people aged 80 and over. However, Dr. Roumeliotis expects phase 2, which will include those aged 60 to 79, high-risk people and those who cannot work from home, can begin in April.
The health unit has received 22,000 doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines and expects to get another 24,000 doses over the next five weeks.
A total of 37 clinics have been set up in the region with 4,985 seniors over 80 having booked appointments, as of Thursday.
Overall, about 18,000 doses have been administered.
The region remains an “Orange” zone. The number of cases dropped by 29 between March 17 and 18, dropping the total of active cases to 152. Of this number 21 patients are in hospital; three are in intensive care.