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Stricter provincial rules are necessary to slow COVID surge: Health unit

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Dr. Bocking, Medical Officer of Health at HKPRDHU
Dr. Natalie Bocking, medical officer of health with HKPRDHU.

Extremely difficult, but absolutely necessary.

That is the reaction of the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit (HKPRDHU) to new, tougher restrictions announced today by the Ontario government to try slowing surging COVID-19 case counts in the province. With many hospitals, ICU units, health care providers, and public health agencies (like HKPRDHU) facing overwhelming pressures due to COVID-19, additional action has to be taken now.

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Podcast Teaser: Podcast host gets the shot – now braces for aftermath conversations

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I got my shot. I got my shot. I got my shot.

I’ve been repeating that statement, often, ever since I, well, got my shot last week. I say it with a lot of gratitude, humility and no small amount of amazement. That latter part is fuelled mostly by the speed with which science – populated by some of the smartest, most learned science people on the planet – created my shot. Created many shots. Everyone’s shot. I’ve never doubted its safety, its effectiveness, its ability to help shepherd us out of all this. Not once.

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Mass immunization clinics: What it will look like in Kawartha Lakes

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Mass immunization clinics: What it will look like in Kawartha Lakes
Dr. Ian Gemmill, acting medical officer of health.

As more vaccines get shipped to Kawartha Lakes in the coming weeks and an increasing number of citizens become eligible to get one, what do plans look like here for mass immunization?

According to the plan as it’s written now, the Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit is not planning an around-the-clock effort where vaccines are administered 24/7.

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RMH begins COVID-19 vaccine roll-out for staff, physicians

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RMH begins COVID-19 vaccine roll-out for staff, physicians
It is anticipated that all highest priority staff and physicians will receive their first dose by the end of the week.

On March 3, the first doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine were administered to 78 Ross Memorial Hospital (RMH) staff and physicians.

Following the provincial ethical framework, the vaccine roll-out at RMH will prioritize staff and physicians who are considered front line, in high risk clinical areas. It is anticipated that all highest priority staff and physicians will receive their first dose by the end of the week.

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No direction given to local health units on use of AstraZeneca, about to expire in April

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As the country scrambles to coordinate and prioritize vaccinations against COVID-19, thousands of doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine will expire by the end of April.

And while that would conceivably mean a rush for local health units to get them into arms as quickly as possible, the acting local medical officer of health, Dr. Ian Gemmill, says there is not yet any definitive direction on the use of AstraZeneca – not even any indication it is coming to public health units.

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Local vaccine delivery expected this week says health unit

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A dose of good news: First local vaccine arrives

With more COVID-19 vaccine shipments expected this week, the local public health agency will be initiating vaccination clinics for the next group to be completed under the provincial vaccine distribution plan. 

The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit (HKPRDHU) is expecting to receive more than 4,500 doses of the Pfizer vaccine this week, as well another 1,700 doses of Moderna. The Moderna vaccine will be used to provide the second dose to those residents of long-term care and high-risk retirement homes who had received their first dose last month.  Keep Reading

Vaccine hesitancy: Top doc says questions are reasonable but the science is strong

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Vaccine hesitancy: Medical officer of health talks

Dr. Ian Gemmill gets it. The acting medical officer of health for the HKPR Health Unit says he appreciates how some may be skeptical of the new COVID-19 vaccines’ efficacy – and safety. “Vaccine hesitancy is an interest of mine,” Gemmill tells Denis Grignon, host of The Advocate Podcast: Stories from Kawartha Lakes, in the most recent episode.

“We do have a society that is more questioning than it was 50 year ago. There are a lot of people out there who have questions. And I think the questions, actually, are quite reasonable.” Particularly, he concedes, when it comes to the speed with which the vaccines were developed – less than 10 months, compared to the years it typically takes.

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Podcast Teaser: Not your average needle

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Podcast Teaser: Not your average needle
Haleigh Wallace speaks to Denis Grignon on the latest Advocate Podcast about getting her first vaccine.

It’s not a regular occurrence, but it does seem to happen more frequently lately.

The person I’m interviewing for an episode of The Advocate Podcast gets choked up, pauses to collect their thoughts, then continues with their answer.

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No vaccine available until February, says local health unit

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Additional options for COVID-19 vaccine

The Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit is primed and ready for a massive COVID-19 vaccination program across their catchment area, but one crucial element is missing: vaccine.

Dr. Ian Gemmill, HKPR’s medical officer of health, briefed the press on the current pandemic situation during a conference call on Jan. 20 and sketched out roughly what the next few months will look like locally.

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Waiting for first vaccines: Medical officer of health says it’s ‘all hands on deck’

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Additional options for COVID-19 vaccine

As Ontario’s COVID-19 infection numbers risk spiralling out of control, the acting medical officer of health, Dr. Ian Gemmill, says the vaccine rollout can’t happen soon enough.

In a wide-ranging discussion with the Advocate, Gemmill says the Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit is still waiting for its first doses to get started on phase one of the planned vaccination program.

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