The City of Ottawa’s has just reached a significant milestone it its COVID-19 vaccine roll-out. Today they announced that Ottawa has administered more than one million doses. The City says the achievement is “thanks to the exceptional efforts of public health and City of Ottawa staff, pharmacies, paramedics, family medicine practitioners, partners and residents across the city.”
In addition to achieving this milestone, over 30% of Ottawa residents 18 years and older are fully vaccinated and close to 80% have received their first dose of the vaccine.
Ottawa’s COVID-19 vaccine milestones are now being met at a rapid pace:
- Last week, Ottawa administered 127,623 doses to Ottawa residents.
- On Monday, we passed the 30 per cent mark for residents 18 years of age and older now fully vaccinated. This came only three days after achieving the 20 per cent mark.
- In the coming days, we expect to top 80 per cent of residents 18 years of age and older with their first COVID-19 vaccine.
- Also on Monday, more than 120,000 appointments were booked in one day.
The City says “These are milestones we can be proud of. But we can’t fully celebrate yet. If you have not received your first vaccine, or accelerated your second dose, now is the time. We have a steady supply of vaccines and many appointments available.”
To book a first or second dose appointment, visit Ontario.ca/bookvaccine (link is external) to access the provincial booking system or call the provincial vaccine booking line at 1-833-943-3900 between 8 am and 8 pm, seven days a week. You may also be eligible for vaccination at a local pharmacy (link is external), at a pop-up clinic (link is external), or at the Bruyère vaccine clinic (link is external).
It doesn’t matter whether you choose a community clinic, a pop-up clinic or a pharmacy for your vaccine; what matters is that you get your COVID-19 immunity started now with a first dose or completed with that critical second dose.
Let’s keep knocking off these encouraging milestones so we can all more quickly get back to safely doing the things we’ve all been missing.
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