Vaccine rollout continues in South Algonquin

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Renfrew County and District Public Health updated the county’s citizens on its vaccine rollout throughout the region, including South Algonquin Township, on its website on April 9. Jim Etmanski, the executive director of the South Algonquin Family Health Team, also gave an update on the vaccinations going on in South Algonquin. People aged 60 and up can now register for the vaccines, as well as those with chronic conditions, while those aged 65 years and up are now eligible to book an appointment for a shot, based upon vaccine availability. All eligible persons and the criteria are listed on the RCDHU website at www.rcdhu.com.

The RCDHU invites all those eligible to book an appointment for a vaccination or to register for an appointment, to do so online or by phone at 613-735-9724 or 1-800-267-1097 ext. 200, leaving only their name and number.

At the present time, all those eligible to get the vaccine are as follows; those aged 65 years or over, all seniors in congregate care residences, LTC and retirement home caregivers, Indigenous residents (on or off reserve) aged 18 years or older, faith based healers who provide end of life care, care of the deceased, home visits to the sick, or pastoral care in LTCs or RHs or other vulnerable settings, all health care workers and anybody getting chronic home care that are identified by home health care organizations after they are notified by phone. In addition, vaccines are also now available for residents with high-risk health conditions such as the following; organ transplant recipients, stem cell transplant recipients, anyone with neurological diseases where breathing may be impacted, haematological malignancies, chronic lymphocytic, acute myeloid, chronic myeloid, myeloma and lymphoma, kidney disease, obesity, getting treatments that cause immunosuppression and those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. One caregiver of those residents with the aforementioned conditions is also eligible to be vaccinated and can book an appointment.

Residents who can now pre-register for the vaccine at a later date, to be determined, are those aged 60 to 64 years.

These vaccinations are for first doses only and second doses will be administered in 16 weeks as more vaccine supplies become available. According to the RCDHU, the rollout plan for the second dose registrations will be made available to the public soon.

Etmanski told The Bancroft Times back in March that South Algonquin residents have been using the clinic in Barry’s Bay for all vaccinations so far as this is the best option right now given the special storage requirements for the Pfizer vaccine. He revealed that they were waiting on delivery of the Astra Zeneca vaccine to use in their clinics, that the online booking system had been working well for their residents and that they were assisting anybody who needed help with their booking.

As of April 9, he says that there is not too much to update, and that everything is going along well with the vaccination clinics in Barry’s Bay for South Algonquin residents.

“We are now registering for age 60 and up, along with some people who have chronic conditions. The full list of conditions is available at the Renfrew District County Health Unit website [RCDHU.com],” he says. “I am still waiting to hear when we might receive the Astra Zeneca vaccine at our clinic.”

Michael Riley, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Bancroft Times