Good afternoon Kanata North,
I’m very pleased to share that last Thursday, the City of Ottawa lifted the state of emergency, moving one level down in its emergency management to ‘Activated Operations’. While the city continues the activation of the Municipal Emergency Plan to manage the COVID-19 response, the powers afforded under the State of Emergency are no longer deemed necessary. Despite taking a significant step towards the return of a healthy and open city, important public health measures remain in place. Please check the Ottawa Public Health website and ottawa.ca for the latest guidelines.
To date, 61% of Ottawa’s entire population are fully vaccinated. This is encouraging news, but to keep our community’s defense against variants strong, vaccination rates need to be higher. The Delta variant is more transmissible and is giving rise to resurgences in other countries despite high levels of immunization. I encourage everyone who has not yet been vaccinated to please register for an appointment as soon as possible. There are many vaccines in supply.
Ottawa Public Health still receives questions about using mRNA vaccines interchangeably – that is, receiving a different vaccine for your second dose than the one you received for your first dose. For example, receiving Moderna as a second dose after a first dose of Pfizer, or vice versa. Please know, interchanging vaccines is safe and effective and is not a new practice. Similar vaccines from different manufacturers are used when vaccine supply or public health programs change.
According to Ottawa Public Health’s COVID-19 Dashboard, we currently have 42 active COVID-19 cases in our community, with one individual in hospital. If you haven’t been vaccinated yet, please do so. When you get vaccinated, you’re protecting yourself and your community.
The consolidation of COVID-19 vaccine clinics
Starting last Wednesday, July 21, Ottawa consolidated its clinics operating at the following five locations:
- Eva James Memorial Community Centre – 65 Stonehaven Drive
- Nepean Sportsplex – 1701 Woodroffe Avenue
- Ottawa City Hall – 110 Laurier Avenue West
- Queensway Carleton Hospital – 3045 Baseline Rd
- Ruddy Family YMCA-YWCA – 265 Centrum Boulevard
Ways you can expedite your appointment
The sooner you get vaccinated, the sooner you can protect yourself, loved ones, and our community. Here are ways you can expedite your appointment:
You don’t even need an appointment to visit a community clinic in Ottawa for a first or second dose. Please note, there must be a location near you.
Register for the daily wait list to receive a text or email alert about last minute appointments near you.
Rebook through the provincial booking system.
The provincial system is probably how you booked your appointment in the first place. Now, wait times between doses are shorter and availability of appointments has never been greater. Return to the booking tool and you can easily find an earlier appointment, and maybe even a better location.
There are temporary pop-up clinics all over town, particularly in priority neighbourhoods.
Many local pharmacies are still taking appointments, and many of those also offer drop-ins.
Don’t delay. Please move up the date of your vaccine appointment today.
Pop-Up clinics now open to 12+
Last week, pop-up COVID-19 vaccine clinics opened to anyone age 12 and up for a first or second dose. Expanding eligibility will help increase access to COVID-19 vaccines for anyone in Ottawa. Pop-up COVID-19 vaccine clinics will continue to be planned to reduce barriers in neighbourhoods experiencing lower rates of vaccination.
More pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinics for priority neighbourhoods and youth 12-17 for first and second doses have now been scheduled.
Upcoming pop-up clinics:
- Monday July 26 and Tuesday July 27 – 12:45 to 7:30 pm. Canada Science and Technology Museum – 1867 St. Laurent Boulevard
- Tuesday, July 27 – 12:15 to 7 pm. St Joseph’s Adult High School – 330 Lajoie Street
- Wednesday, July 28 – 12:15 to 7 pm. Canterbury Recreation Complex – 2185 Arch Street
- Friday July 30 – 12:15 to 7 pm. Ahlul-Bayt Islamic School – 3025 Albion Road North
- Saturday, July 31 – 9:45 am to 4:30 pm. Ridgemont High School – 2597 Alta Vista Drive
- Sunday, August 1 – 9:45 am to 4:30 pm. AMA Community Centre 1216 – Hunt Club Road
Upcoming youth pop-up clinics (ages 12 to 17 from any neighbourhood and accompanying adults):
- July 26, 27, 28 and 29 – 8 am to 8 pm University of Ottawa Minto Sports Complex – 801 King Edward Avenue
A second dose can be received at least 28 days after receiving an mRNA vaccine (Moderna or Pfizer), and at least eight weeks after receiving an AstraZeneca vaccine.
Residents may receive a different second dose mRNA (Moderna or Pfizer) vaccine than their first dose at community clinics. Interchanging vaccines is safe and effective. The priority is to receive two doses of a vaccine to complete the series and be fully protected.
Same-day appointments can only be made in-person no earlier than two hours before the clinic opens, on a first come first served basis, while supply lasts. If there is a waiting period, residents may receive an appointment card with a time to return to the clinic for their vaccine.
Please continue your best efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and get vaccinated if you haven’t already. Each day, we are moving one step closer toward community immunity. Let’s stay the course, Kanata North!