Cobourg is in the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit which is headed up by a Medical Officer of Health (MOH). This position was held by Dr. Lynn Noseworthy up to her retirement on December 11, 2020 and for the last four months Dr. Ian Gemmill has come out of retirement to do the job in an “acting” role. He has conducted weekly media sessions that provided good information that could be disseminated but now the new Medical Officer of Health – Dr. Natalie Bocking – will take over on April 5 (see photo below). At his final media “Zoom” meeting on March 31, Dr. Gemmill gave his usual informative briefing as outlined below. He continues to stress that we are not yet back to normal and we still need to avoid travel and inappropriate gatherings.
Current Status in Cobourg/Northumberland
- The HKPR Health Unit is now managing vaccinations at the CCC and has been for the last week.
- More vaccine has been delivered so more appointments are being loaded into the Provincial system – they should extend to April 24.
- If you are eligible and cannot get an appointment it’s because either it has not yet been entered into the system OR all appointments have been taken. Note that if you get an appointment it means there is vaccine available for it. Note that currently ALL appointments (for this region) are in the Provincial system (see link and phone number below).
- It’s expected that the age group of 70+ will become eligible in this region in the next few days.
- Given current statistics, Dr. Gemmill expects us to stay in the Yellow zone – this is reviewed weekly.
- Most cases are now happening because of “inappropriate gatherings” and not breakouts.
- So far in our Health Unit, 19,000 doses have been administered to 17,000 people (some have had their second dose) [I hate it being called a jab!]. There is a capacity to administer 5000 doses per day across the region but only 1000 are actually being done per day due to a limited supply of vaccine.
- The Province allocates Vaccine supplies in proportion to population plus a bit more for hot spots.
- 82% of people over 80 in the area have had their first dose.
- The CCC vaccination centre is currently operating 4 days per week – Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday. About 300 doses are administered per day.
- Once available, the Astrazenica vaccine will be distributed at Pharmacies and family physician offices but the schedule for this has not been established. Please do not call them for information since they don’t know any details yet. These doses are expected to be intended for essential workers and others in Phase 2.
- The hope and goal is to have 100% of those wanting a shot to be vaccinated by the end of summer since the virus “likes winter”.
- The CCC is expected to focus on people eligible by their age group as announced.
- There is a disconnect happening: people are advised not to travel yet eligible people can book an appointment outside their Area (e.g. Peterborough, Kingston). There are no plans to fix this but people are encouraged to be patient and wait until there is an appointment available locally.
Anyone who regularly visits the Vaccine information page on Cobourg News Blog will recognize the above as being identical to a recent update on that page.
You can see the latest statistics and impact of the virus on the Town at the Covid-19 Status page.
Booking Online – visit www.ontario.ca/bookvaccine
Phone Line – 1-888-999-6488
Update – 1 April 2021
Just a day after the above information was provided by the Local Medical Officer of Health, all the Province was moved into the Grey Zone per below.
The impact on the Vaccination program is not clear but it’s unlikely that there would be any reduction in the rate of administering vaccines.