If you follow the Cobourg News Blog Vaccination page, the news below is a repeat of that. Further, the vaccination page will be updated but this post will only be updated to correct any errors.
Dr. Ian Gemmill, Acting local Medical Officer of Health with the local Health unit (HKPR DHU) today gave a comprehensive update on what’s happening with Vaccines in his Area which includes Cobourg. As previously announced, the Cobourg Community Centre will be used as a vaccination centre with the initial group being adults over 80. (Officially, those born in 1941 or before). Volunteers will be given lists by family doctors and are now calling those eligible to make an appointment for them starting at the CCC Tuesday March 16. Anyone eligible who does not have a local family doctor will need to either go online or phone the Provincial centre starting March 15 (no URL or phone number yet available). There will be volunteers available (Community care) for anyone who cannot drive themselves to the CCC (call 1-866-768-7778 to register and request a ride to the appointment.)
Shots should be given to those in Retirement homes the week of March 22.
Dr. Gemmill asks that people NOT call their doctors – wait to be called.
Cobourg Community Centre
As described earlier, the CCC has removed ice from the Bowl Arena and NHH staff will be administering the shots with volunteers and Town staff assisting with organizing the flow of people. Most existing CCC activities will continue – notably the walking track, ice usage on the other Arena (the Pond) and Gym usage -but entry to the building will depend on why you are there. Parking and Entry will be actively managed. We are still in the Yellow zone and recreational activities allowed by that will still mostly continue although perhaps re-located in place or time from previously.
Two locations are planned per County – the second one for Northumberland is at the Trent Hills fire station in Campbellford.
Vaccines to be Used
Only the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines will be used in this area – 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 up to four months 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. So far approx 14,000 shots have been given in the Area and about 5,000 per week are expected for the next four weeks. Hopefully the rate will be increased after that.
Once vaccinations of residents born in 1941 or earlier is complete, HKPRDHU will begin accepting appointments from those highlighted in the province’s priority groups – adults with high-risk chronic conditions and their caregivers, those unable to work from home, and older adults between the ages of 60 to 79 in five-year increments.
After the initial group, which will be done by NHH staff (5 days a week), HKPR DHU staff will take over and work 7 days a week with the same system. The Astrozeneca version is being given in Toronto, Windsor and Kingston in pharmacies – these have their own booking system. This is only for those 60 to 64 and is not currently planned in our Area.
There may be instances where the stated priorities are not followed since the first priority is to get every dose received into an arm asap.
Information on Virus cases
You can get information on the number of cases in Northumberland plus other data such as the number of unresolved cases on this page here.
- Official Announcement on County Web site
- Move to Yellow Zone – 6 March 2021
- Vaccination Information Page – on this site