That number includes the 3,746 people who received their first shot last week and 38 who got their second jab.
So far, the health unit has concentrated on vaccinating priority health-care workers, residents and staff of long-term-care and retirement homes, seniors aged 80 and older, adults in chronic home care and Indigenous people aged 55 and older.
Brockville Police Chief Scott Fraser on Tuesday said front-line officers have also had the opportunity to get vaccinated. Speaking at the police services board meeting online, he was not sure if all the officers have received a shot.
This week, the provincial booking hotline began scheduling appointments for vaccinations for people 75 and up to start on April 5.
The health unit has its own hotline to help people who have problems booking through the provincial number. It can be reached toll-free at 1-844-369-1234, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., seven days a week
The health unit has cancelled programs and shifted staff to concentrate on COVID-19 contact-tracing and the vaccine rollout.
As the number of active virus cases grows in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark, the all-hands-on-deck directive will allow the health unit to commit more staffers to tracking down people who might have been in contact with a virus carrier.
“This temporary change allows us to focus on managing the high volume of COVID-19 cases and high risk contacts while continuing to move forward with our COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan,” Dr. Paula Stewart, medical officer of health, said in a statement.
The temporary measures, which continue until April 9, will see the cancellation of clinics for breastfeeding, sexual health and non-COVID immunizations. As well, the health unit will change its smart-work services and well-testing dropoffs.
Its phone lines will remain open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 7 days a week at 1-800-660-5853 and 613-345-5685 after-hours for emergencies.
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