Health Unit Reports Increase in COVID-19 Vaccination Rates, Rates Exceed 90 Per Cent in Individuals 60 Years and Older

NIPISSING & PARRY SOUND, ON – As anticipated with the return to school and the announcement of Ontario’s vaccine certificate program, the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit (Health Unit) is reporting an increase in COVID-19 vaccination uptakes, particularly among those aged 29 and younger. In fact, in the last seven days, there has been a 128 per cent increase in first doses compared to the week prior and there has been a 293 per cent increase compared to the same week in August. The Health Unit has also seen rates exceeding 90 per cent in individuals aged 60 years and older who are fully vaccinated.

“I want to highlight this milestone and celebrate these groups of individuals who have gone above and beyond to get vaccinated against COVID-19,” acknowledges Dr. Jim Chirico, Medical Officer of Health. “I continue to encourage every individual eligible to receive their first or second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to do so. With the fourth wave of COVID-19 upon us and the increase in cases locally, vaccination remains a safe and effective defence against the virus.”

Currently, 82 per cent of individuals 12 years of age or older in the district have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 75 per cent have received both doses.

The Health Unit continues to offer vaccination against COVID-19 through scheduled clinics and its newest Mobile Vaccination Clinic bus initiative. Workplaces, community organizations, places of worship and other groups may also request a COVID-19 vaccine clinic through our Mobile Clinic Request Form on our website.

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