“Because of this, people want to go to other districts for vaccination instead of staying home. It contradicts everything we tried to do. ‘
The resolution, which calls on the City of North Bay to prioritize the allocation of vaccines to the regions of public health units still in Phase 1, will be on the agenda at Tuesday’s regular North Bay City Council meeting.
Deputy Mayor Tanya Vrebosch as a mover and count. As a secondary sender, Bill Vrebosch will ask for support for the proposal to catch up with the regions of Southern Ontario and Ottawa when it comes to introducing the vaccine.
The proposal states that “the delay in the allocation of vaccines to the medical unit is causing growing inequalities in the reservation of vaccination clinics against COVID-19.”
The North Bay Parry Sound Health Care Unit reports that 16,682 vaccination doses have been received at clinics within the health unit region since Wednesday, Tuesday through 501. The percentage of adults in the county aged 18 or over with at least one dose was 14. 8 percent.
“The biggest thing is that northern Ontario is lagging behind the rest of the province,” says Deputy Mayor Vrebosch. “Many of our health workers at the front have not been vaccinated. Those with chronic health problems are still not vaccinated.”
The proposal states that the North Bay Parry Sound County Medical Unit received the first vaccine allocation more than a month and a half later from the Southern Ontario and Ottawa Medical Regions, but the allocation of vaccines to the local medical unit did not increase over time to compensate for the delay. vaccine allocation. This district remains in Phase 1, while many other regions have moved to Phase 2.
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Andrea McLellan, director of the COVID-19 immunization strategy for the medical unit, said that with Friday’s media availability, a shipment of nearly 5,000 doses of Pfizer will be consumed by the end of the week, and a shipment of 3,500 doses is expected next week.
“We continue to advocate and have received municipal support to help us advocate for more vaccines, but at this point we have not received any additional offer above the one originally allocated,” McLellan said.
“One outbreak in our community put us on the same level as Peel and Toronto,” says Tanya Vrebosch, who is also a board member of the medical unit. “We were very diligent to get back on track, but only one person needs to expand the version.”
County demographics also play a role in progression, Vrebosches says, with 26.5 percent of the population in Parry Sound County and 22.4 percent of the population in Nipissing County aged 65 or over, compared to 16.7 percent for all of Ontario. show the 2016 census data. In addition, the indigenous population did not receive the required allocation.
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“It’s a call to action,” says Tanya Vrebosch. “What plan does the province have to help make the route a reality? We shouldn’t be in the first phase when everyone stays so far ahead. That’s why people want to go to other districts for vaccinations instead of staying home. Everything we tried to do. “
If the proposal is sent, it forwards it to Prime Minister Doug Ford; Christine Elliot, Secretary of Health; Vic Fedeli, MPP for Nipissing; Norm Miller, MPP for Parry Sound-Muskoka; John Vanthof, MPP for Timiskaming-Cochrane; Mayors / Reeves within the North Bay Parry Sound County Health District; Ontario Health Committees; and the Association of Local Public Health Agencies (alPHa).