“It was great,” Muggah said. “I would say, from the family doctor point of view, there was tremendous satisfaction with being able to provide vaccines to patients. From the patient point of view, there was huge appreciation of being able to have the option to get the vaccine … with the health care providers who they know and they trust in a setting that they know and they trust.”
Muggah, a family doctor with the Bruyère Family Health Team, said theirs is among the sites selected to receive a portion of next week’s AstraZeneca shipment to Ottawa. She said she didn’t yet know how many doses they would be receiving, nor what the other selected sites were or how Ottawa Public Health decided which practices would be involved.
This newspaper reached out to OPH for information about the local primary care vaccination rollout, but was told a response would not be possible by Friday.
On Thursday, Di Monte said more information, including locations, would be available shortly. Ottawa’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Vera Etches, said at the time that she believed they would take the same approach as has been done with pharmacies, where AstraZeneca doses are available to people aged 55 and older, but she needed to confirm details.
What they saw with the pilots, and what Muggah expects will happen in Ottawa, is that family doctors took a variety of approaches to offering vaccination. Some set up drive-thrus, some offered weekend or evening clinics, and others integrated it into regular office hours. And, with many family doctors already doing home visits, there’s opportunity to vaccinate through that avenue as well.
Muggah said she hoped the province-wide rollout produced the same conclusions the initial primary care program did in Hamilton, Toronto, Guelph, Peterborough, Simcoe-Muskoka, and Peel — “Family doctors absolutely can do this, and specifically we can move the dial on patients who are hesitant and vulnerable” — and grow from there.
“Because I think that every family doctor who wants to be able to offer this to their patients in office should have that opportunity.”
By the numbers
(as of Friday afternoon)
6,098: New confirmed cases (3,009 on Friday, 3,089 on Thursday)
39: Deaths over the previous 48 hours.
358,558: Total cases
7,428: Total deaths
2,042: Total B.1.1.7 (UK) variant cases confirmed
70: Total B.1.351 (South African) variant cases confirmed
102: Total P.1 (Brazilian) variant cases confirmed
796: New hospital (two days)
451: In ICU
261: On ventilator
121,400: Tests administered (Thursday and Friday)
2,424,063: doses of the vaccine administered
2,192,253: Total doses administered
315,820: People fully vaccinated
52,532: Tests conducted in previous 24 hours
12,551,173: Total tests conducted
240: New confirmed cases
104.3: Seven-day COVID incidence rate, per 100,000 population
6.5: Per cent positivity rate
1.16: Seven-day R(t) number
26: Total B.1.1.7 (UK) variant cases confirmed
6: Total B.1.351 (South African) variant cases confirmed
0: Total P.1 (Brazilian) variant cases confirmed
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