Vaccine Now Available to Individuals 40 Years of Age and Over

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Residents of Renfrew County 40 years of age and older are now eligible to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine.
“This is great news for the residents who will now be able to receive a vaccine weeks before they originally would have been able to, based on age group eligibility,” Dr. Robert Cushman, Acting Medical Officer of Health, said. “Thus far, the AstraZeneca rollout in Renfrew County has been a tremendous success.”
Last week, more than 900 people received their first dose of AstraZeneca in primary care led clinics across the county and district, and another 900 people have made appointments to roll up their sleeves this week.
“Locally, we are happy to report that primary care has used all our allotment of AstraZeneca in two weeks, one of the fastest AZ rollouts in the province,” Dr. Cushman added.
Health Canada has indicated the benefits of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine continue to outweigh the risks, making it is safe for use in individuals 40 years of age and over.
“Folks want to be vaccinated and wisely they understand that the risks from getting COVID-19 or even being in a car accident, far outweigh the risk of the vaccine,” Dr. Cushman said.
All upcoming appointments for the AstraZeneca vaccine will be booked through participating pharmacies until further notice as primary care providers are awaiting more supply from the provincial government.
For details specific to vaccination registration and appointments (i.e., what you need to bring), visit the COVID-19 Vaccination Appointment Checklist. Visit the following resources for more information on What you need to know about your COVID-19 vaccine appointment (Ministry of Health) and what to expect After your COVID-19 vaccine (Ministry of Health). For more information, visit the COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions or RCDHU’s website or call 613-732-3629 or 1-800-267-1097.
To date, Renfrew County and District (RCD) has had exceptional vaccination interest and uptake. As of today, the following have received their COVID-19 vaccine:
• Over 82% of RCD residents ages 80 and over,
• Approximately 75% of residents ages 75 to 79 and over,
• Over 56% of residents ages 70 to 74,
• Almost all residents receiving chronic home care (identified by home healthcare organizations). These numbers will continue to rise in the coming weeks, as more people attend vaccination appointments.