4,500 vaccine appointments in May for Peterborough; child care outbreaks affect adults and children – Peterborough – fr

4,500 vaccine appointments in May for Peterborough; child care outbreaks affect adults and children – Peterborough – fr

Peterborough Public Health’s medical officer of health said all COVID-19 vaccines are effective as more than 4,500 appointments are still available for the rest of May.

“If you belong to one of the eligible groups, please make an appointment as soon as possible,” Dr Rosana Salvaterra said at Tuesday’s pandemic press conference.

It is estimated that by Thursday, everyone in Ontario aged 50 and over will be eligible for a vaccine, as well as those identified with high-risk health conditions and those who cannot work from home.

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Vaccination clinics are expected to increase – currently operating four days a week – by the end of May. Notifications are available online.

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“We are also planning for those who need their second doses starting in June,” she said. “All of this is happening in the background.”

Salvaterra says that based on the “rapid and furious” rollout of vaccines in Ontario, she predicts that by May 24, anyone aged 18 and over will be able to book an appointment.

She said that in areas such as Peterborough, where transmission of the virus is “moderate to high”, the benefits of receiving any available vaccine “outweigh the risk” of reports of health problems arising from a vaccine – whether it is a single dose or two doses.

“The bottom line is that in Ontario, given that we’re in wave 3 and we have moderate to high transmission here in Peterborough, it still makes sense to take whatever vaccine you can get,” Salvaterra said.

“The first vaccine you can access is still the best vaccine for you at this time.”

Salvaterra says that several weeks after the first dose, health officials “see 60-80% effectiveness in preventing infection.”

“So the vaccines work well, but you have to wait three to four weeks,” she said. “It is possible that a significant portion of the population vaccinated – even with a single dose alone – would be sufficient to bring the epidemic under control and allow us to reap some of the benefits of herd immunity.”

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She noted that “mixing and pairing” of vaccines is not recommended, however, preliminary research continues, including the use of RN messenger vaccines as a potential second dose. On Monday, the National Advisory Committee on Immunization said the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines are “preferred” and Canadians should weigh the risks of waiting for one before making a decision. The Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca vaccines have been linked to an extremely rare new blood clotting syndrome.

“NACI (the recommendation is to finish your vaccination with whatever you started,” she says.

She noted that despite a shortage of the AstraZeneca vaccine, she says that in Ontario “it still looks good,” a second dose will be available.

Vaccination appointments should be made through the provincial call center at 1-833-943-3900, available daily 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. or anytime online.

She said daily and weekly new COVID-19 cases and high-risk contacts are declining slowly but “not consistently.” However, until more people are vaccinated, she warned the region “cannot let its guard down on public health measures and the need to respect the stay at home order.”

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As of Monday evening, there were 75 active cases of COVID-19 and 193 close contacts. Two weeks ago there were over 420 high-risk contacts. There were 351 new cases reported in April, a 50% increase from March and the highest monthly total since the pandemic was declared.

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For the week of April 12, there have been 112 cases, followed by two weeks of 66 cases and three cases to date for the week of May 3. Most of the new cases are worrisome variants.

Despite the stay-at-home order, she noted that “a few” cases were travel-related.

“The light gets brighter at the end of the tunnel, but we’re still in the middle of a stay-at-home order,” she noted.

Two outbreaks were declared at child care centers in Peterborough on Monday (one identified as Sunshine Care, the other unnamed).

The specifics of the cases have not been described but Salvaterra says both adults and children have tested positive.

“It shows that we have community transmission,” she said.

All other current active outbreaks are stable, she said.

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