Peterborough Public Health expands walk-ins at vaccine clinics on one-year anniversary of first vaccine dose

Fairhaven resident Elizabeth Campbell received a dose of Moderna vaccine on January 26, 2021

Elizabeth Campbell, a 106-year-old resident at Fairhaven long-term care home in Peterborough, was the first person in the Peterborough area to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. The Moderna vaccine was administered on January 26, 2021 by Lori Rowsell, infection prevention and control practitioner at Fairhaven. (Photo: Peterborough Public Health)
Elizabeth Campbell, a 106-year-old resident at Fairhaven long-term care home in Peterborough, was the first person in the Peterborough area to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. The Moderna vaccine was administered on January 26, 2021 by Lori Rowsell, infection prevention and control practitioner at Fairhaven. (Photo: Peterborough Public Health)

On the one-year anniversary of the first COVID-19 vaccine dose administered in the Peterborough area, Peterborough Public Health is expanding walk-in clinic opportunities to some eligible residents.

On January 26, 2021, Elizabeth Campbell — a 106-year-old resident at Fairhaven long-term care home — was the first person in the Peterborough are to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. A dose of the Moderna vaccine was administered by Lori Rowsell, infection prevention and control practitioner at Fairhaven.

On that date, there were confirmed 42 active cases in the Peterborough area and three outbreaks; one year later, there are 328 known active cases (the number of active cases is likely higher due to reduced PCR testing) and 16 outbreaks.

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“In one year, all vaccination partners in our region have been able to administer 321,186 doses of COVID-19 vaccines,” says Dr. Thomas Piggott, Peterborough’s medical officer of health, in a media release. “I want to thank our vaccinators, administrative support, volunteers, and every partner organization that have supported COVID-19 vaccine efforts across the region.”

To increase access to the COVID-19 vaccine, Peterborough Public Health is expanding walk-in clinic opportunities to some eligible residents effective Wednesday (January 26):

  • Residents 12 years of age or older who require a first or second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine can walk-in to vaccine clinics designated for residents 12 years of age or older.
  • Residents 18 years of age or older who require a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine can walk-in to vaccine clinics designated for residents 12 years of age or older.
  • Residents five to 11 years of age who require a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine can walk-in to vaccine clinics designated for residents five to 11 years of age.

At this time, residents five to 11 years of age who require a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine are asked to book an appointment at available COVID-19 vaccine clinics.

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“We are aiming to reduce the barriers to receiving a COVID-19 vaccine by expanding walk-in opportunities for many residents,” Dr. Piggott says. “Peterborough Public Health will continue to host vaccine clinics in the City of Peterborough and throughout Peterborough County to increase access to the vaccine.”

Available COVID-19 vaccine clinics can be found at peterboroughpublichealth.ca/vaccineclinics.

Appointments are still available for most COVID-19 vaccine clinics and can be booked through the provincial booking system online at ontario.ca/covidvaccine or by calling 1-833-943-3900.