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Public Health advises of changes coming for COVID-19 vaccination clinics

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The following is a message to Kingston Frontenac Lennox & Addington (KFL&A) residents from KFL&A Public Health regarding changes to the local rollout of COVID-19 vaccines: 

KFL&A Public Health is pleased to share that over 278,000 vaccinations have been administered in the region. In total, almost 80 per cent of individuals 12 years of age and older have received at least their first dose and 60 per cent of this same age group are fully vaccinated.

“Over the next two weeks with an increased vaccine supply for those 12 years of age and older, we are on target to fully vaccinate over 85 per cent of our eligible population,” said Dr. Hugh Guan, Associate Medical Officer of Health at KFL&A Public Health. “Let’s make this final push to get fully vaccinated successful by booking your first dose or moving up your second dose as there will be lots of appointments and clinic options available, including evening hours, walk in, standby, and drive through.”

With the tremendous support of multiple partners working together to administer vaccines, KFL&A’s vaccination strategy will transition from large mass immunization clinics to focusing on smaller clinic venues, including pharmacy, mobile, and primary care clinics. This new stage will include closing many of the larger mass immunization clinic sites. Here is a list of the first phase of planned closures of vaccine clinics in our region.

  • Vaccine clinic at Kingston Health Sciences Centre Burr Gym will close as of August 1, 2021.
  • Vaccine clinics at INVISTA Centre and Strathcona Paper Centre will close as of August 2, 2021.
  • Vaccine clinic at Kingston Community Health Centre will close as of August 13, 2021.

“Individuals who have appointments booked after the vaccine clinic closure date are asked to reschedule their appointment to 28 days after their first dose to get fully vaccinated as soon as possible,” added Dr. Guan. “Getting fully vaccinated will help you safely get back to the people, places, and things you love.”

KFL&A Public Health and Kingston Health Sciences Centre will notify all individuals who have scheduled vaccine appointments after these clinic closure dates and provide re-booking links and information for an earlier appointment date.

There will still be plenty of clinic options in our area to book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment by visiting KFL&A Public Health’s website (local booking system, not provincial booking system) or calling the booking centre at 343-477-0172. Do not delay getting fully vaccinated. 

As the province moves to Step 3 of the Roadmap to Reopening on Friday, July 16, it is essential that everyone get their second dose as soon as possible. It takes two weeks after the vaccination to build optimal immunity. The more people who are fully vaccinated, the safer our community will be, and together, we can enjoy the rest of the summer with the highest possible protection against COVID-19!

For the most up to date information on COVID-19 vaccine clinics and COVID-19, visit www.kflaph.ca/Coronavirus or www.Ontario.ca/coronavirus

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