July 19

Update from the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC)

With key public health and health care indicators continuing to improve and the province wide vaccination rate surpassing the targets outlined in the province’s roadmap, Ontario moved into Step Three at 12:01 a.m. this morning. Step Three focuses on the resumption of additional indoor services with larger numbers of people and restrictions in place. For information on the impacts of the current measures on City services and facilities, visit Ottawa.ca.

Residents are strongly encouraged to drop in to select community clinics in Ottawa to receive a first or second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine without an appointment. While all clinics are offering drop-ins for first doses, second dose drop-ins will only take place at clinics that have enough supply. This will change daily. The list of locations will be updated daily on ottawapublichealth.ca and on the City’s social media accounts. This initiative is especially useful for individuals with second dose appointments in late August through to November, so that they can move up their appointments to July or early August.

We continue to have numerous appointments available at our community clinics between today and August 15th for all individuals aged 12 and over needing their first dose or accelerated second dose. Additional appointments will be added if needed.

Vaccines also continue to be available through local pharmacies, primary care teams, the Bruyère vaccine clinic, and other targeted delivery channels, such as ongoing pop-up clinics in priority neighbourhoods. These combined efforts have resulted in the administration of over 1.3 million doses. To date, 82 per cent of Ottawa residents 18 and over have received at least one dose and 62 per cent have received two doses.

The attached Key Information Guide provides an overview of the various vaccine distribution channels and how residents can book an appointment. Please refer to this guide when responding to resident inquiries. OPH’s COVID-19 Vaccination Dashboard also contains up-to-date information on COVID-19 vaccinations in Ottawa. For any new questions, please contact the Councilor Liaison, which monitors trends in questions to inform future iterations of these resources.

As vaccination plans are evolving, we continue to encourage residents to sign up for the City’s COVID-19 vaccination update e-subscription and follow announcements on the City of Ottawa and Ottawa Public Health websites and social media channels.

The EOC will continue to provide you with regular updates on the progress of vaccination efforts.

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