Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit
As of December 12, 2022 a total of 521,846 vaccinations have been administered in the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit (LGLDHU) region.
2,145 vaccines were administered last week
Our vaccination dashboard, available on our website, has all the details
You only need one Fall COVID Booster and the immunity lasts up to 6 months so it will not be required to have a second booster during the fall/winter season.
NACI is now recommending that for 6 months to 4 years, COVID vaccine may be given at the same time or any time before or after non-COVID vaccines. We are no longer required to wait 14 days before or after other vaccines.
If your children have not been immunized with covid or flu vaccinations, we encourage you to consider getting this done as soon as possible as cases of flu and RSV in children have been higher than normal.
A list of upcoming clinics is available on our website. Clinic dates and locations are posted through to December.
Walk-in appointments will be accepted at Health Unit clinics dependent on capacity; clinics tend to be busier during the first 2 hours – Walks-in will be accepted for ages 5+
After January, when we move to smaller in-house clinics, walk-in appointments will no longer be available. Appointments will continue to be booked through our online booking portal or through our Vaccine Call Centre.
As is the case with many health care agencies, we are experiencing a lower capacity in staff due to illness. As a result, clinics capacity may be affected.
We encourage you to continue to check with a participating pharmacy or your health care provider.
Vaccine appointments for six months to five years of age MUST be made by calling the Vaccine Call Centre at 1-844-369-1234 Monday to Friday 8:30am to 4:00pm (NOT through the online booking system or the Provincial system).
The flu shot prevents 40% of hospitalizations due to influenza in people 65+. If you know someone who has yet to get immunized, offer to support them in booking an appointment by helping them go online or providing them with the phone numbers so they can call and book their appointment, give them a ride, act as translator, provide them with credible information or let them know they can call us to speak with a public health nurse: Influenza – Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit
Flu vaccinations are not available at COVID-19 vaccine clinics – check with your local pharmacy or health care provider
Anyone over 2 years of age can get a flu shot at a participating pharmacy
Parents of children 6 months to 2 years can call the Health Unit for assistance in getting their child vaccinated if they do not have a primary care provider (1-800-660-5853)
Parents: School Immunization catch up clinics are continuing for grades 9-12. Students must bring a signed consent form back to school. You can get more information and the form here.
Other Information for Respiratory Illness prevention
There are other measures we should be using at this time to protect ourselves and others from the triple threat viruses of COVID-19, Flu and RSV and how they can lead to serious illness and hospitalization:
Stay home when you are sick
Wash your hands frequently with soap and water (rub hands together under water for 15-20 seconds), or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Wear a well fitted mask when indoors, in crowded public places, and around those most vulnerable (many of them may not be able to wear or tolerate masks). A lot of the spread of respiratory viruses happens in homes when people gather (especially in the season coming up). Consider bringing a mask with you wherever you go!
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
It is important to clean and disinfect surfaces that are touched a lot, like desks, door handles, toys and computer keyboards.
Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or sneeze into your arm, not your hand.
For more information on COVID-19 vaccines, visit the COVID-19 Protection and Vaccines section of our website.