As of last Friday, the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit tops the charts amongst public health units for both first and second dose vaccination rates throughout the province.

Of the region’s population 12 years of age and over, 88% have first doses and 71% have second doses. The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit is also the first health unit in Ontario to achieve 70% of its population with second doses.

Dr. Paula Stewart, Medical Officer of Health for the region, says she attributes this success to a number of factors. “The people of LGL have been fantastic! This is wonderful for our community. So many people now have really good COVID-19 protection. And the work continues to reach 90% first and 90% second or higher. This success is a result of great collaboration with all of our partners.

Thanks to our staff who have been on the front lines at the vaccine clinics, on the phones or working on supportive roles. Thanks also to the staff who have been doing other COVID related or essential service work that allows the rest to focus on the vaccine program.”

Vaccine Shipments: Our Pfizer vaccine allocations will increase in July; we continue to have a supply of Moderna. This will help us provide more opportunities for residents to get first and second vaccinations of both Pfizer and Moderna.

How to Get Vaccinated:
All 12+ are eligible for first doses – it is important to get vaccinated to protect yourself and those around you – especially children 0 to 11 years old who can’t get vaccinated at this time.

All 12+ are eligible to book earlier 2nd dose: 8 weeks after first dose of AstraZeneca, 21 days after first dose of Pfizer, and 28 days after first dose of Moderna.

Walk in vaccinations are also available now at all clinics – we post on our website and on our social media pages. More appointments continue to be available in all areas; book an appointment through the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark online booking portal or call Leeds, Grenville and Lanark Call Centre 1-844-369-1234.

Pharmacies have both Moderna and Pfizer – some have AstraZeneca for those who received it as a first dose. Check a participating pharmacy.

We are also working on a targeted strategy to provide vaccinations at some LGL workplaces as well as to other groups like sports teams – if you are interested in running a clinic at your workplace, get in touch with us at [email protected]

Cancellations and Contingency Lists: Submit cancellation requests online – if you have an appointment in September or later, consider cancelling and getting an earlier appointment

The contingency list is discontinued as those who need an appointment can get one online or as a walk-in to our clinics.

Remember it is important to continue to follow precautions if you have one or even two vaccine doses. We need to keep protecting each other until we are all fully vaccinated.

As of August 31, the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit and partners will be transitioning to a mobile vaccine clinic program.

The current Fixed Site Vaccine Clinics in Almonte, Smiths Falls, Kemptville and Brockville will become part of the mobile program rather than operating on a regular weekly schedule, and some will move to other locations.

These clinics have been supported by a number of partners and have provided thousands of vaccinations to residents of LGL as well as other surrounding areas.

Rebook appointments scheduled for September and October:
Our staff will be reaching out to those with vaccine appointments booked in September and October to reschedule the appointment.

Appointments can be rebooked through the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark online booking portal or by contacting the local Call Centre toll-free at 1-844-369-1234 (open Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 4:00pm).

You can also use the walk-in program at all clinics between now and August 31. Locations and dates can be found on our website. You can notify us to cancel an appointment by submitting an online cancellation request or calling the Call Centre.

For more information on COVID-19 vaccines, visit: www.healthunit.org/health-information/covid-19/protection.

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