Updates from Ottawa Public Health

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.   

Monitoring Indicators

  • Wastewater virus detection levels are very high and are decreasing
  • Per cent positivity is very high and increasing
  • New COVID-19 hospitalizations are moderate and increasing
  • New confirmed outbreaks are moderate and decreasing

The levels of COVID-19 in our community are still very high, and it remains very important that we all use the layers of protection that we know can help to prevent transmission.

Please remember that things like wearing a mask, getting boosted & staying home when sick are simple actions that work. They limit the spread of the virus, and they limit its impact on you and those around you as well as limiting its impact on our local healthcare system and local businesses.

If you’re not already doing so, please consider sharing these weekly snapshots with your networks.  

COVID-19 vaccine clinics for children aged six months to under five years

As of today, July 28, 2022, parents and guardians can book appointments for children aged six months to under five years for the paediatric COVID-19 vaccine.

Children under five have been the only major population group without the protection offered from vaccination, leaving many parents worried about their children and the effects of a potential COVID-19 infection, including for people at higher risk around them. Having a vaccine for this age group is a vital step in protecting many more children during this resurgence of COVID-19 in our community and ahead of the school year.

Appointments can be booked through the provincial COVID-19 vaccination portal, by calling the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-390 or by checking local pharmacies to find locations that provide the paediatric COVID-19 vaccine. Parents and guardians are encouraged to make an appointment for their children as drop-in availability will be limited at community vaccine clinics. Some primary care physicians and paediatricians may also provide this vaccine to their clients.

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) is working with partners to expand its current COVID-19 clinics to offer additional options for children and their families. Children in Ottawa can look forward to being vaccinated through various initiatives, including:

  • Smaller, rotating family-friendly vaccination clinics operated by OPH across the city:
    • City of Ottawa buildings at 255 Centrum Boulevard, Mary Pitt Centre at 100 Constellation Drive, Walter Baker Sports Centre, Horticulture Building at Lansdowne Park, and Richelieu-Vanier Community Centre and more locations to be added and communicated over the next few weeks.
    • Various partner agencies across the city, including some EarlyON centres and the Ottawa Birth and Wellness Centre, to be launched and communicated over the next few weeks.
    • OPH Neighbourhood Health and Wellness Hubs.
  • The Kids Come First Clinic at CHEO offers vaccinations to children who can’t attend a community vaccination clinic. Visit CHEO’s Vaccination page for details.

OPH expects to receive paediatric vaccine supply this week, with clinics welcoming this new age group as of July 28, 2022. Visit the OPH website at OttawaPublicHealth.ca/ChildCOVID19Vaccine for additional clinic details. New clinics and more appointments will be added to meet demand and as more vaccine supply is received.