Good evening Kanata North,
The news of rising vaccinations rates throughout our city and community is extremely encouraging. To date, 863,204 people in Ottawa have been vaccinated. Despite some complications with the Pfizer supply, it’s safe to say in the days and weeks to come that number will climb exponentially due to five additional vaccination sites opening throughout the city, and an allocation of an additional 38,500 doses weekly of Moderna.
I’m very pleased to share that starting today, all residents ages 18 and above who received their first dose of an mRNa (Moderna or Pfizer) COVID-19 vaccine on or before May 9 are eligible to book a 2nd appointment at a community clinic. Kanata North residents can now receive their vaccines at the newly opened vaccination clinic at the Canadian Tire Centre, which opened today. This is a great step towards streamlining the vaccination process for residents in Kanata North.
Presently, we are in Step 1 of the Province’s Roadmap to Reopen, meaning our businesses are finally reopening. This comes as a great relief for businesses in our community. I ask that you support local businesses however you can, and please be courteous and follow public health guidelines.
A statement issued last Friday by Dr. Brent Moloughney, Deputy Medical Officer of Health, highlighted the concerning fact that the level of transmission in the community is much higher now than what it was last summer. This is evidence of COVID-19’s more transmissible variants spreading throughout our community. Please get tested if you’re showing symptoms of COVID-19. If you’re eligible, please book a vaccine as soon as you can.
Interchanging vaccines is safe and effective. Both mRNA vaccines, Moderna and Pfizer, are made the same way. Moderna and Pfizer have very similar effectiveness and side effects. The best vaccine you can get is the first one that is available to you and a second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine is needed for the best protection against COVID-19 and its more transmissible variants. All COVID-19 vaccines approved for use in Canada are safe and effective and they all reduce the risk of serious illness, hospitalization, and death, and will help with the control of COVID-19 in our community.
Accelerated Second Dose Eligibility
Starting today at 8:00 AM, all individuals 18 and above who received their first dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine on or before May 9, 2021, will be eligible to book or rebook their second dose appointment at a shortened interval, before expanding this eligibility to all adults the week of June 28, 2021. Residents can visit Ontario.ca/bookvaccine to access the provincial booking system or call the provincial vaccine booking line at 1-833-943-3900. Demand for appointments has been significant, so please be patient, and consider booking a vaccine through pharmacies.
New Community Clinics
A greater increase in COVID-19 vaccine supply has enabled the opening of five new vaccination clinics across Ottawa. This is tremendous news as these five clinics will nearly double the total number of community clinics in Ottawa from six to eleven with a combined capacity to administer up to 100,000 doses per week.
I have especially been looking forward to the opening of the Canadian Tire Centre as a vaccination site. This location will be instrumental in facilitating convenient vaccinations for the west end of Ottawa, and Kanata North. The new locations of clinics are as follows:
- Canadian Tire Centre – 1000 Palladium Drive
- Free parking in Lot 3 – southwest of the building. Entry at Gate 3.
- University of Ottawa – Minto Sports Complex, 810 King Edward Avenue
- Free parking in Lot M – southeast corner of Lees and Mann Avenues
- Approximately 650 metres from uOttawa Station
- Horticulture Building – 1525 Princess Patricia Way
- Free parking in the underground lot at Lansdowne with validation at clinic, or legal street parking.
- Canterbury Recreation Complex – 2185 Arch St
- This clinic has previously served select priority populations and offered second dose appointments.
- Nepean Sportsplex – Curling Rink – 1701 Woodroffe Avenue
Update on this week’s Pfizer vaccine supply
The Province announced that the Pfizer vaccine shipment to Ottawa, which was due to arrive today, will be delayed. To ensure that vaccine appointments are honoured at immunization clinics over the coming week, the city and Ottawa Public Health will administer the Moderna mRNA vaccine as it is interchangeable with Pfizer. Beginning today, individuals 18 years or older who have an appointment booked at one of the city-run immunization clinics will receive a Moderna vaccine. Interchanging vaccines is safe and effective.
First dose eligibility at a community clinic (12+)
Residents can book an appointment on the online provincial booking portal or by calling 1-833-943-3900.
How to book a vaccine at a pharmacy (12+)
While supplies are limited, many pharmacies across the city are vaccinating residents. 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.
Thank you for your continued dedication and for your patience. This pandemic has been long and has taken a toll on all of us. If you’re struggling with your mental health, please don’t do so in silence. I’m so grateful we have such a supportive and caring community, I truly believe we are stronger together, even though we can’t be together at this time.
Lastly, I’d like to extend my sincere congratulations to the many students in our community that are graduating this week. Learning remotely isn’t easy. While this graduation is different from those in the years past, that certainly doesn’t discredit your hard work and your achievements. I’d like to commend you all for your strong efforts and your resilience. Best wishes for all your future endeavors!