Vaccine Information for Cobourg and Northumberland

This page will be updated as information becomes available.

Vaccine Update

Booking Online – visit www.ontario.ca/bookvaccine 

Phone Line – 1-888-999-6488

Vaccines administered to date in HKPR Region: Go here.

To see if you are eligible, go here.

Dr. Natalie Bocking
Dr. Natalie Bocking

Report as of 12 May 4:25 pm

Vaccinations are ramping up although most have only had one shot – 76% of those aged 60+ have had their first dose and 49% of those eligible (that’s 18+) have had one shot. The Province has paused vaccinations using the Astrazeneca vaccine due to supply issues (plus the small risk we’ve all heard about) but supplies of others – particularly the Pfizer version – are ramping up. The district has been receiving 3500 per week  but deliveries will be 4000/wk in the first 2 weeks of May, 8000/wk in the second 2 weeks and 9300/wk in early June.

Because there are limited supplies of the Astrazeneca vaccine, some people who got a first shot of this may get a second shot of something else.  The list of eligible people continues to be widened – see the HKPR DHU Web site here.

Also the Provincial booking site here was not accepting new Cobourg appointments recently because they were all taken but this situation is being rectified.  If you can’t get an appointment now, try again (I would try every 4 hours or so) – more slots are coming available regularly.   As of Thursday (13th), slots will be available for those 40+.  Also people who are essential workers and can’t work from home are now eligible.  Some Health Care workers will also soon be able to get their second shot sooner than the 16 week mark.  (More at News report here)

HKPR DHU Web pages

Dr Bocking gives a media briefing every Wednesday and this will be reported here soon after.  Videos of these “scrums” are available here.

HKPR has announced that Dr. Bocking will be available for questions from citizens in “Talk with the Doc”  sessions.

Virtual ‘Talk With the Doc’ Provides COVID-19 Community Updates

Residents have a chance to hear directly from the area’s Medical Officer of Health as she provides updates and information on COVID-19.

Dr. Natalie Bocking, Medical Officer of Health for the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit (HKPRDHU) is hosting a virtual “Talk with the Doc” information session to allow residents to learn more about COVID-19, the local situation, and the vaccine rollout.

This information session is scheduled for:

  • Tuesday, May 18, from 1 to 2 pm

The session will be livestreamed on the Health Unit’s YouTube channel. A recording will also be available after the session has been completed.

“Staying informed goes hand-in-hand with staying safe during the pandemic,” says Dr. Bocking. “There is a lot of information out there about COVID-19 and we want to be sure our residents have the information they need to keep themselves and their families healthy and safe during this time.”

Anyone interested in participating can visit the Health Unit’s website for a link to the session: www.hkpr.on.ca. Participants can also pre-submit a question or topic for Dr. Bocking to address during the session. Dr. Bocking will not be providing any medical diagnosis and questions on the same topic may be themed together.

 

Cobourg Community Centre

As described earlier, the CCC has removed ice from the Bowl Arena and initially NHH staff will be administering the shots with volunteers and Town staff assisting with organizing the flow of people. 

Vaccines to be Used

Only the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines will be used at the CCC – at least initially.  Further, a Provincial mandate has decreed that (apart from shots at Long Term Care homes  which have already been completed), second shots will be delayed for 16 weeks so that as many as possible can have a reasonable degree of protection.   The goal is to have 100% of adults wanting a shot to get one inside the four months. 

HKPR Videos

The Process  at the CCC

How vaccines work and what side effects you can expect.