Kanata North COVID-19 Update May 31  

Good evening Kanata North,  

Starting today, all residents ages 80+ are eligible to book their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccineUnfortunately, the provincial booking system is experiencing technical difficulties and booking vaccine appointments temporarily paused today while the province corrects this issue. I will update the community when booking becomes available again for second doses. I do not expect it will take long to fix. 

As of today, according to the Ottawa Public Health COVID-19 Vaccination Dashboard62% of Ottawa’s population of 18+ years have received their first dose. Cases in Ottawa are stabilizing and trending downward. Today, Ottawa Public Health reported 39 new cases. While this news is positive, it’s important to note that comparatively fewer people are being tested now than earlier in the year. If you’re experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, you must isolate and get testedPlease also keep up the great work to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and its variants in our communityfollow restrictions, wear a mask, and be COVIDWise. 

At Ottawa City Council meeting last week, Doctor Etches stated she supports the re-opening of Ottawa’s schools for the remainder of the school year. I strongly believe this would be beneficial for the mental health of our children. Here is a joint letter from Medical Officers of Health, children’s hospitals, the Provincial Science Advisory and Council to the province regarding the reopening of schools. As soon as there is more information, I will update our community. 

The Provincial stay-at-home order will end this Wednesday, June 2; however, some of the restrictions will remain in place. These restrictions will not be lifted until step 1 is announced in the province’s roadmap to reopen. The earliest that step 1 would come into effect is June 14 

What changes Wednesday when the stay-at-home order ends? 

  • Gatherings will remain limited to 5 outdoors. 
  • Closure of public lands for recreational camping until step 1. 
  • Ontario’s borders remain closed. The list of permitted reasons to enter the province from these points is available here.  
  • The section 22 order that was issued regarding face masks being worn within five meters of playgrounds is no longer in effect.  

 What can we expect next?  

The government expects to enter Step One of the Roadmap to Reopen, a three-step plan to safely and cautiously reopen the province and gradually lift public health measures, tentatively during the week of June 14, 2021. The province will confirm closer to the expected start of Step One. 

The province will remain in each step for at least 21 days to evaluate any impacts on key public health and health system indicators. If at the end of the 21 days, the following vaccination thresholds have been met, along with positive trends in other key public health and health system indicators, then the province will move to the next step: 

  • Step 1: 60 per cent of adults vaccinated with one dose. 
  • Step 2: 70 per cent of adults vaccinated with one dose and 20 per cent vaccinated with two doses. 
  • Step 3: 70 to 80 per cent of adults vaccinated with one dose and 25 per cent vaccinated with two doses. 

What’s permitted under step 1? (Expected to be on or around June 14th) 

  • Larger outdoor gatherings for up to 10 people 
  • Outdoor dining for up to 4 people per table 
  • Essential retail capacity at 25% 
  • Non-essential retail at 15% 
  • Outdoor religious services, rites and ceremonies with capacity limited to permit physical distancing of 2 metres 
  • Outdoor sports, fitness and personal training up to 10 people 
  • Day camps 
  • Campsites and campgrounds 
  • Overnight camping at Ontario Parks 
  • Outdoor horse racing and motor speedways 
  • Outdoor pools and wading pools 

What’s permitted under step 2? (Expected to start 21 days after step 1 begins) 

  • Larger outdoor gatherings for up to 25 people 
  • Small indoor gatherings for up to 5 people 
  • Outdoor dining for up to 6 people per table 
  • Essential retail at 50% capacity 
  • Non-essential retail capacity at 25% 
  • Personal care services (barbers, salons, etc) where face coverings can be worn at all times 
  • Outdoor meeting and event spaces 
  • Outdoor amusement and water parks 
  • Outdoor boat tour operators 
  • Outdoor county fairs and rural exhibitions 
  • Outdoor sports leagues and events 
  • Outdoor cinemas, performing arts, live music events and attractions 

What’s permitted under step 3? (Expected to start 21 days after step 2 begins) 

  • Larger indoor and outdoor gatherings 
  • Indoor dining 
  • Essential and non-essential retail open with limited capacity 
  • Larger indoor religious services, rites, and ceremony gatherings 
  • Indoor meeting and event spaces 
  • Indoor sports and recreational facilities 
  • Indoor seated events 
  • Indoor attractions and cultural amenities 
  • Casino and bingo halls 
  • Other outdoor activities from Step 2 permitted to operate indoors 

Mental Health Support  

The province offers many different support services to help support your mental health. Living through a pandemic is not easy. If you are struggling with your mental health, please do not do so in silence. Seek help, consider visiting the following resources: 

 

Vaccine update  

 

First does eligibility at a community clinic (12+)    

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 (12+)      

While supplies are limited, some pharmacies in Ottawa are providing Moderna for residents 18+ and Pfizer for residents 12+. 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:     

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.     

 Anticipated timeline for second doses 

The following is an anticipated schedule for eligibility to book a second dose appointment based on confirmed supply. 

  • Week of May 31: individuals aged 80+ 
  • Week of June 14: individuals aged 70+ 
  • Week of June 28: individuals who received their first dose between the week of March 8 to April 18, on a “first-in, first-out” basis. For example, this included individuals with the highest-risk health conditions and special education workers. 
  • Week of July 19: individuals who received their first dose between the week of April 19 to May 9, on a “first-in, first-out” basis. For example, this included individuals aged 50 and over, as well as individuals with high-risk health conditions. 
  • Week of August 2: individuals who received their first dose between the week of May 10 to May 30, on a “first-in, first-out” basis. For example, this included individuals who cannot work from home and individuals who have at-risk health conditions. 
  • Week of August 9 to 16: individuals aged 12 to 25 
  • Week of August 9: individuals who received their first dose from the week of May 31 onwards on a “first-in, first out” basis, respecting the recommended intervals. 

Booking second doses (80+) 

Residents ages 80+ are eligible to book a second dose in Ottawa. Earlier today a technical difficulty occurred with the provincial booking system, booking through that method has been temporarily put on hold. With this being said, vaccine appointments may be available at your local pharmacy. I will inform the community when this booking issue has been fixed and share your frustration with this situation. 

 Second Doses and AstraZeneca  

 Currently, the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is being offered at an accelerated pace with a 10-week interval for individuals who received their first dose between March 10 to March 19, 2021. In addition, beginning today, all individuals who received their first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine from March 10 onwards will be eligible to receive a second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine at a 12-week interval, with appointment dates based on the timing of their first dose. For more details on second doses please read this update from the province 

We still have a long way to go to reaching community immunity, but it’s nice to see progress being made. If you have any questions, or you need assistance with booking your vaccine, please do not hesitate to get in touch.  

Take care,  

Jenna Sudds