Grey Bruce reaches 80 percent of eligible residents fully vaccinated for COVID-19

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The Grey Bruce Heath Unit announced on Oct. 12 that more than 80 percent of those eligible for COVID-19 vaccines in its area have received at least two doses, while almost 85 percent have received one dose.

A clinic is taking place in Dundalk on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Frank Macintyre building in Dundalk Memorial Park.

Deputy Mayor Milne commented at Southgate Council on Oct. 5 that the Grey Bruce Public Health Unit has been very pleased with the turn-out at recent clinics in Dundalk.

Vaccinations have been done for all eligible students and staff at Grey-Bruce schools. The health unit particularly noted the response among students who haven’t had the opportunity due to parental concerns, transportation issues and access.

The Ontario Bio-Ethics Table on COVID states that health care practitioners should presume 12-17 year-olds are capable to consent to vaccination, unless there is reason to think otherwise.

That approach is needed for an “ethical and equitable” vaccine rollout for that age group, the Bio-Ethics table said. Ontario law hinges on decision-making ability – there is no health care “age of consent.”

For informed consent, Ontario’s Health Care Consent Act says that the person is provided with information about the expected benefits, risks, side effects, alternatives (if any) and the likely consequences of not having the treatment.

Third doses have been given now at all 26 LTC homes and “high risk” retirement homes in Grey and Bruce counties.

The opportunity of a third dose now will be extended to the rest of the retirement homes and also high-risk senior congregate settings, in keeping with the instructions of the Ministry of Health.

The second doses at schools have been scheduled.

The health unit thanked school boards and administration at LTC and retirement homes for helping make the vaccine rollout mark, as well as local residents.

M.T. Fernandes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Dundalk Herald

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