Good evening Kanata North,
I’m very pleased to share that 51% of all eligible vaccine recipients have been vaccinated in Ottawa. This is a tremendous milestone in our fight against COVID-19. The future is looking a little bit brighter, especially since vaccine rollout will be accelerating even more in the days to come. The Province announced this morning that vaccines will reach more people sooner than originally planned. Starting tomorrow, May 18 at 8:00 AM, residents ages 18-39 will be eligible to book a vaccine appointment. This includes individuals turning 18 this year.
While this news is very encouraging, the Province remains under a stay-at-home order, which was recently extended until at least June 2nd. The number of new COVID-19 cases in Ottawa has been trending downward lately; however, COVID-19 and its variants are still in our community and pose a risk to us all.
I encourage all residents to get out and enjoy the beautiful warm weather, but please do so safely. Outdoor recreational amenities remain closed, as do our schools. We must stay the course to see that these amenities and services can reopen soon, alongside our businesses.
Vaccine Distribution to Date
Vaccine supplies are growing in Ontario, and they’re being distributed on a wide scale. 2.2 million doses are scheduled to arrive in the province this week, and the government is extending booking eligibility at mass immunization clinics to individuals aged 18 and over. This high number of doses is due to an early delivery of the week of May 24 shipment, to accommodate the long weekend, and is an opportunity for the province to offer an appointment to receive the vaccine to more Ontarians ahead of schedule.
To date, vaccine inventory sits at 483,190 doses in Ottawa, 87% of these vaccines are scheduled to be administered. This month, 52,550 vaccines have been delivered in Ottawa through the provincial clinic system, with more expected to be distributed. This figure does not include vaccines acquired through the pharmacy system. I’m very pleased to say 51% of Ottawa’s eligible population (18+) have received the vaccine and 42% of the entire population.
With vaccines continuing to reach more residents, and a stable supply chain, restrictions may ease in the future. Until then, please continue doing everything you can to reduce the spread of COVID-19. For the latest information on the push for community immunity in Ottawa, please visit OPH’s COVID-19 Vaccination Dashboard.
How to book a vaccine at a community clinic (18+ starting tomorrow, May 18)
Residents can book an appointment on the online provincial booking portal or by calling 1-833-943-3900. Residents can book online for appointments at the community vaccination clinics:
- Infinity Convention Centre, 2901 Gibford Drive
- Nepean Sportsplex, 1701 Woodroffe Avenue
- Ruddy Family YMCA-YWCA, 265 Centrum Boulevard
- Eva James Memorial Community Centre, 65 Stonehaven Drive
- City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West
How to book a vaccine at a pharmacy (18+)
While supplies are limited, some pharmacies in Ottawa are providing Moderna for residents 18+. If you’re eligible for vaccination, please register ASAP. Additional information as well as participating locations can be found on the Province of Ontario website.
Kanata pharmacies participating in the program include:
- Costco Pharmacy (770 Silver Seven Road)
- Drugstore Pharmacy (760 Eagleson Road)
- Kanata Compounding Pharmacy (150 Katimavik Road Unit 46 Level 1)
- Kanata Pharmasave (99 Kakulu Road Unit 101)
- Rexall (832 March Road)
- Rexall (300 Eagleson Road)
- Rexall (4048 Carling Ave.)
- Shoppers Drug Mart (680 Eagleson Road)
- Shoppers Drug Mart (499 Terry Fox Drive Unit 10)
- Sobeys Pharmacy (840 March Road)
- Sobeys Pharmacy (700 Terry Fox Drive)
- Wal-Mart Pharmacy (5357 Fernbank Road)
These vaccinations are separate from Ottawa Public Health and the City of Ottawa’s vaccination roll-out. Residents are asked to call participating pharmacies directly or the Province of Ontario Vaccination Information Line at 1-888-999-6488 if they have questions on the pharmacy vaccination program. Supplies are limited and appointments are booking quickly.
Shoppers Drug Mart COVID Testing
Starting today, May 17, customers who are not exhibiting symptoms and who have not been in contact with someone that is COVID-19 positive can purchase a test for $40 at Shoppers Drug Mart. For more details, please visit their website.
Thank you for your continued efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Your efforts matter, and they’re instrumental in turning the tide against COVID-19. I’m so grateful we have such a wonderful and considerate community that looks after each other. Please continue your efforts, and let’s beat this virus.