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Dr. Guan: Covid’s fourth wave has begun, get the vaccine

The fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic has begun in the region and vaccination is the best protection you can have — These were two of the main takeaways from a press call with Dr. T. Hugh Guan, Associate Medical Officer of Health for Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (KFL&A)

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Local hospitals preparing for surge in pediatric patients

As children return to school for the fall term, hospitals within Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) are ramping up training for pediatric nursing due to an expected increase in pediatric patients. According to KHSC, Registered Nurses at Kingston General Hospital (KGH) and Hotel Dieu Hospital (HDH) who generally work with

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Third doses of COVID-19 vaccine available for most vulnerable

Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (KFL&A) Public Health is now offering third “booster” doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to the most vulnerable individuals in the area. Vaccinations are available at select pharmacies, clinic locations, and mobile pop-up clinics throughout the region. According to the Public Health website, third doses are

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Ontario government announces COVID-19 vaccination certification policy

Citing the recent practices and policies of many other provinces and jurisdictions, the Ontario government will roll out a COVID-19 “enhanced vaccine certificate and verification app,” the province announced on Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021. The announcement also included a new requirement that people be fully vaccinated and provide proof of

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Student petition to end vaccine mandate presented to Queen’s principal

Update (Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021) The claim made by the interviewee, Daniel, that 98 per cent of Queen’s students are vaccinated is inaccurate at the current time. A Queen’s University Residence Update Aug. 12, 2021, indicates that “Students living in residence are subject to a vaccination status mandatory disclosure process.

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KFL&A Public Health expanding COVID-19 vaccine clinic hours and locations

In response to the provincial announcement on Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021, which included details on mandatory vaccine policies and third vaccination doses for vulnerable populations, KFL&A Public Health is expanding COVID-19 vaccine clinic hours and locations. “We want our most vulnerable, those working in high-risk settings and youth born in 2009 or

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Province announces mandatory vaccination policies, third doses for vulnerable populations

High-risk settings will need to enforce mandatory vaccination policies, and third doses of COVID-19 vaccines will be made available for those at the highest risk due to the virus, according to the Province of Ontario. The announcement, made by Kingston’s own Dr. Kieran Moore, Chief Medical Officer of Health for

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KHSC healthcare workers less than 75 per cent compliant with COVID-19 immunization policy

In late July, Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC), the governing body overseeing two of the largest hospitals in Kingston, announced plans for instituting a “COVID-19 immunization policy.” Those plans allowed healthcare workers at KHSC hospitals and sites to opt for one of three options by no later than Friday, Jul.

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Kingston Pride mandates vaccines for in-person events

On the same day St. Lawrence College and Queen’s University made similar announcements, Kingston Pride’s Board of Directors decided to require COVID-19 vaccination to maximize safety for attendees. The board released a statement that said they have made the “difficult but necessary decision that all attendees of in-person, COVID-screened events

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KFL&A vaccination strategy moves into new phase

After administering over 310,000 vaccinations in the Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (KFL&A) region, Public Health is now transitioning their vaccination strategy from large vaccination clinics to focus on smaller clinic venues, including mobile teams, pharmacies, and primary care clinics. According to a release from KFL&A Public Health, dated Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021, local vaccine

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Dr.Guan to KFL&A: Keep getting vaccinated, it’s working

Dr. T. Hugh Guan, Associate Medical Officer of Health for Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (KFL&A) Public Health provided a positive COVID-19 update for the week of Thursday, Jul. 22, 2021. “I have some good news for this week,” he said. “There have been no new cases today, and for

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All-day walk-in appointments available for COVID-19 vaccine

KFL&A Public Health is now offering all-day walk-in appointments for first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Both the INVISTA Centre in Kingston and the Strathcona Paper Centre in Napanee will be open for walk-in appointments to make getting fully vaccinated easier for individuals 12 years of age and

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