County hits 70% vaccine milestone

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The Renfrew County and District Health Unit (RCDHU) is celebrating a milestone Friday, announcing that 70% of all area residents 18 and over have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

The health unit said 16% are fully vaccinated with a second dose.

Over 90% of RCDHU residents aged 60 and over have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while more than 50% of RCD youth (ages 12 to 17) have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

In addition, RCDHU has reported less than 10 cases per week for the past two weeks.

“The last time we saw numbers this low, was over four months ago in mid-February,” said Dr. Robert Cushman, acting medical officer of health for Renfrew County and District (RCD).

“In addition to declining case numbers, vaccine rollout efforts in RCD have been in full swing. In fact, approximately 22,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in RCD in June so far!”

Cushman said the success of RCD’s local vaccine rollout can be attributed to the multiple “vaccination channels” that residents have been able to access across five regions in RCD.

Together with hospital, primary care, and paramedic service partners, RCDHU has been successful in running mass immunization clinics, vaccinating thousands of residents, while local pharmacies across RCD have also played a “vital role” in providing access to vaccine services.

“This 70% uptake of first doses is a huge milestone for the residents of RCD,” said Erin Vereyken, manager of the vaccine rollout for the health unit.

“RCDHU staff, along with all our partners have, and continue to work hard to ensure our community is protected through vaccination services. We are getting even closer to putting this pandemic in our rear-view mirror.”

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