500 Ottawa residents receive COVID-19 vaccine in Jabapalooza finals – .

500 Ottawa residents receive COVID-19 vaccine in Jabapalooza finals – .

OTTAWA – Just after 3 p.m. Sunday, the last cow bell rang, signaling the end of a massive effort to vaccinate Ottawa residents during the last Jabapalooza.

“It was quite complicated getting the vaccine, so it made all the difference in terms of access,” said Mikayla Sherry, now fully vaccinated.

Led by Ottawa family doctor Dr. Nili Kaplan-Myrth, the event dubbed Jabapalooza saw more than 500 residents receive a blow to the arm in the Glebe on Sunday afternoon.

“We will have given 2,500 (doses) over the spring (and) summer,” said Dr Kaplan-Myrth.

“It helps Ontario and Ottawa get people fully immunized.

As of Friday, 82 percent of Ottawa residents aged 12 and over have received a dose, while 60 percent of people are fully immunized.

For Harry Wang, volunteering at Jabapalooza is something he will not forget. A first-year medical student at the University of Ottawa, the pandemic made his first year of study unique.

“It had its challenges. We haven’t had a chance to do a lot of clinical things that make things like this really more special, ”he said.

This is the fifth and final Jabapalooza in Ottawa and as Dr. Kaplan-Myrth roamed the white tents filled with volunteers, musicians and residents waiting to be vaccinated, she recognized the community spirit that made the event a success.

So far, over $ 10,000 has been raised through the sale of Jabapalooza t-shirts, with donations to support local women’s shelters like Hope Cornerstone, Sakeenah Homes and Minwaashin Lodge.

“During the pandemic, women and children have increased the number of people who need to seek support and shelter,” said Dr Kaplan-Myrth. “It’s one of the things we could do at the same time as giving the vaccines. “

Meanwhile, those who showed up for a vaccine were treated to live music by Chamberfest musicians as they awaited what was a bittersweet goodbye, in what Dr Kaplan-Myrth is hoping for. be the beginning of the end.

“We will continue to administer vaccines in our offices,” she said. “But I think we responded to the need and that’s what we decided to do. “


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