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Two new COVID-19 cases reported today, four resolved

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Two new cases of COVID-19 are being reported by the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit today. They are joined by four resolved cases, bringing the region’s active case count down to 12, with seven of those in the Nipissing District. Two more preliminary results for a variant of concern were added. One person is in hospital. 760 vaccine shots were administered over the past day, with over 38-thousand total doses now given.

The North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit is asking residents to avoid booking multiple COVID-19 vaccination appointments to try and receive a preferred brand, or earlier dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. 

“We know with great certainty that all COVID-19 vaccines approved by Health Canada are very safe and very effective,” says Andrea McLellan, Director of COVID-19 Immunization Strategy at the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit (Health Unit). “When each person has only one appointment confirmed per dose, we are able to vaccinate more people in a timely manner. This helps us to control the spread of the virus in our district.”

The Health Unit says booking two or more appointments for a second dose will create an error in the provincial booking system which may result in all appointments being cancelled and lead to contacting the Health Unit to reschedule.

The Health Unit has approximately 2,000 COVID-19 vaccine appointments available for scheduled clinics this week and is currently booking appointments for individuals born in 1961 or before, as well as Special Education Workers, Individuals with Highest Risk Health Conditions (outlined by the Ministry of Health) and their essential caregiver, pregnant individuals and those who live in High-Risk Congregate Settings. The Health Unit will announce when more priority groups become eligible.

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