Our Medical Officer of Health Dr. Natalie Bocking provide an update today and although we are not “out of the woods” (my words), Dr. Bocking said we are “moving in the right direction”. 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 Astrazenaca 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.
Dr. Bocking answered some questions:
- She agreed with the O.M.A. who have said that:
“…. doctors do prescribe reopening more outdoor recreational facilities such as golf courses and basketball and tennis courts to improve people’s physical and mental health. This needs to be done safely and with clear guidelines around when to wear masks and how many people can gather to avoid large COVID-spreading events on the May 24 long weekend.” This was in conjunction with a statement urging the lockdown should continue.
There needs to be a very low case count before allowing groups.
- A decision on Cobourg’s Beach is due to come to Council on 31 May but Dr. Bocking said that it’s currently too soon to decide but that any plan should ensure social distancing is maintained for the next couple of months – especially if the case numbers are still high.
- Clinics like the CCC are not expected to be at full capacity just yet due to limited vaccine supply.
- There have been some cases of people getting infected after receiving a first dose but it should be remembered that it takes 12-14 days after being vaccinated before the immune system reacts to the vaccine.
Three pages on Cobourg News Blog – updated most days
- The latest Status – what’s affected and statistics summary
- Trend and Outbreaks – graph showing case count and trend
- Vaccination Page – where to get info on getting vaccinated
HKPR DHU Web pages
- Eligible people
- Clinics and How to Book an Appointment
- Information on getting your second dose
- Talk with the Doc – a Virtual Town Hall with Dr. Bocking. May 18, 1 to 2 pm