COVID-19 Vaccine Bookings to Open for Children Aged Six Months to Under Five Years
As of 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 28, 2022, parents and caregivers of children aged six months to under five years will be able to book appointments for the paediatric COVID-19 vaccine. Stay tuned for more updates on our COVID-19 vaccine web page.
Neighbourhood Health and Wellness Hubs
Our Neighbourhood Hubs have expanded. Residents can now access mental health and community and social services at certain Neighbourhood Health and Wellness Hub locations, including immunizations needed for school, mental health support, dental screening, Parenting in Ottawa drop-ins, as well as employment and social services. Ottawa Public Health continues to offer residents access to COVID-19 vaccination at Neighbourhood Health and Wellness Hubs. Residents can also still visit a hub to speak with a Public Health Nurse about their health questions and concerns.
We are excited to continue to offer supports for the community in familiar and convenient locations within neighbourhoods, meeting residents where they are.
Check out our Neighbourhood Health and Wellness Hub web page for locations and the services you can access at each.
Weekly Snapshot of the COVID-19 Situation in Ottawa
In addition to updating our COVID-19 Dashboard twice weekly (Tuesday and Friday), Ottawa Public Health continues to release weekly animated presentations of key COVID-19 data and messages providing guidance to the public. These weekly snapshots are shared through OPH’s Facebook and Twitter channels and posted on our main COVID-19 website at OttawaPublicHealth.ca/coronavirus.
- Wastewater virus detection levels are very high and increasing
- Per cent positivity is very high and increasing
- New COVID-19 hospitalizations are moderate and increasing
- New confirmed outbreaks are high and increasing
- The levels of COVID-19 in Ottawa are very high right now, higher than the January Omicron wave.
- We’re not trying to scare anyone, but if you haven’t yet taken this wave seriously, now’s a good time to start. This is the time for everyone to reassess their behaviours based on the levels of COVID-19 in the community.
- Every action we take now will pay dividends in the weeks to come. Wearing masks, staying home when sick, getting boosted (and encouraging others to do the same) are things we can all do to minimize the impacts of this wave.
- Remember: nearly 900K people in Ottawa have received 2 doses, and nearly 600K have received their 1st booster. We know 2 doses aren’t enough, so if you’re up to date on your boosters, please take the time to talk to your friends/loved ones about why you got boosted & why they should too.
- ICYMI: today, second booster eligibility has been expanded to immunocompromised youth aged 12 to 17. Info about eligibility & availability can be found here on www.OttawaPublicHealth.ca/
The levels of COVID-19 in Ottawa are very high right now, higher than the January Omicron wave.
We’re not trying to scare anyone, but if you haven’t yet taken this wave seriously, now’s a good time to start. This is the time for everyone to reassess their behaviours based on the levels of COVID-19 in the community.
Every action we take now will pay dividends in the weeks to come. Wearing masks, staying home when sick, getting boosted (and encouraging others to do the same) are things we can all do to minimize the impacts of this wave.
Remember: nearly 900K people in Ottawa have received 2 doses, and nearly 600K have received their 1st booster. We know 2 doses aren’t enough, so if you’re up to date on your boosters, please take the time to talk to your friends/loved ones about why you got boosted & why they should too.
ICYMI: today, second booster eligibility has been expanded to immunocompromised youth aged 12 to 17. Info about eligibility & availability can be found here on www.OttawaPublicHealth.ca/COVID19Vaccine
If you’re not already doing so, please consider sharing these weekly snapshots with your networks.
July 21, 2022 Statement by Dr. Vera Etches, Medical Officer of Health
Thank you, Ottawa, for your ongoing support and efforts as we tackle yet another wave of COVID-19 in our community. Today, the province announced that children aged six months to under five years will be able to book appointments for the paediatric COVID-19 vaccine as of Thursday next week and immunocompromised youth aged 12 to 17 are now eligible for a second booster. We welcome this news, another great step forward in protecting our community and minimizing the impacts of COVID-19 on families, particularly during this latest resurgence.
I am concerned about this current wave. We are noting very high levels of COVID-19 in our wastewater and week after week this has been increasing. Our test percent positivity is also very high and increasing and our COVID-19 hospitalizations and confirmed outbreaks are both increasing as well. This is indicative that the level of COVID-19 is very high in Ottawa right now, higher than the January Omicron wave.
We know that Omicron and its sub-variants are much more transmissible. We also need to remember that we cannot rely on immunity alone to protect us. The newer Omicron sub-variants are different, and even people who previously had COVID-19 earlier this year could be susceptible to reinfection.
Individually and collectively, now is the time to reassess and adapt our behaviours to the levels of COVID-19 in the community. This is an important skill we will all need as we head into the fall. Wearing masks indoors and outdoors in crowded spaces, staying home when sick, getting booster doses, and minimizing contacts during periods of high transmission in the community are all behaviours that will help us, our families, and our loved ones. Individual actions help influence community impact. For Ottawa residents who continue to use layers of protection, thank you for leading by example. We all need to continue to assess our risk and the risk of those around us, particularly during this resurgence.
The pandemic is far from over. The warm weather has brought some much-needed respite from those hectic winter months, but now is not the time to let our guard down. Despite not seeing rates of severe illness and hospitalizations climbing as quickly as with previous waves, we need to remain mindful of the effects of COVID-19 on older adults, those with chronic health conditions, those who remain unvaccinated, and those who are immunocompromised. Among older adults, those aged 60 and over remain at high risk for severe illness and complications from COVID-19, yet over 25,000 Ottawa residents over the age of 60 have yet to access their third dose (first booster), and over 88,000 still require their fourth dose (second booster).
Nearly 900,000 Ottawa residents have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, and nearly 600,000 have received their booster dose. I thank you for doing your part to help protect the community and in the face of Omicron and its sub-variants, we know two doses are not enough. Now is the time to get your booster dose if you have yet to do so.
Now is also the time to reach out to friends and loved ones who are not yet vaccinated or boosted. Talk to them about why you chose to get your shots. Talk to them about why it is important for them to get theirs. Show them you care. If they have any questions, our nurses are always just a phone call away. If they have barriers preventing them from accessing their vaccines, we can all help. Offer them a ride or help them to book an appointment at your local pharmacy. If people you know are not wearing their masks, lead by example. Encourage them to bring their masks with them when going out. You never know if the people you meet will be at higher risk.
We know that the pandemic has had, and continues to have, significant impacts on the business community. We all continue to have a collective responsibility to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 in our respective environments, including at local businesses where people may be at risk. Ottawa Public Health continues to strongly recommend that everyone wear a mask indoors and outdoors if distancing could become challenging or is not possible. Many businesses continue to require, encourage and welcome mask use to reduce risks for both staff and customers, and, based on the current situation, others may choose to reintroduce masking policies in their place of business at this time.
Businesses can also lead by example and encourage small actions that can make a big impact. This includes keeping physical distancing reminders in place and posting signage in their store fronts to let customers know that measures are in place to help reduce their risks when inside, like welcoming mask use, ongoing use of barriers, visual hand hygiene reminders, providing hand sanitizer on-site, and supporting and encouraging employees to get vaccinated and get boosted, and stay home when they are not well.
Together we can make a difference on the impact of COVID-19 in our community. The decisions we make today will help us all tomorrow.