Message from Mayor Barb Clumpus

Posted On Friday March 19, 2021

This was such an exciting and rewarding week with the first COVID-19 vaccines administered to over 400 of our senior residents over the age of 80 at the clinic set up in the Meaford and St. Vincent Community Centre.  This work was part of the 15,098 doses of the vaccine administered by the Health Unit throughout Grey Bruce. Dr. Arra, Medical Officer of Health, assures us that “no one will be left out” and another clinic the week of March 22, will catch up more of the over 80 priority group. Those who have a local physician will be contacted on behalf of the Health Unit for an appointment very soon. If you are over 80 but do not have a local doctor, you may register on-line at www.ontario.ca/bookvaccine or you may also call at 1-833-943-3900. Also part of phase 1 priority population are those who are under 80 but are living in senior care, are receiving chronic home healthcare, or are who are First Nations people, and should contact the heath unit directly for an appointment at 519-376-9420 ext. 3000. By all accounts, our clinic ran smoothly and efficiently, and we are so grateful to all of the medical personnel and volunteers who assisted in coordinating the appointments.  We look forward to assisting with the next age group, 75 and over, in mid to late April.

As the warmer weather and the increasing number of vaccinations administered lift our spirits, please let’s not forget the rules to follow on this pathway out of the woods. As we are still in the Green – Prevent level of the Provincial framework, we must stick to the three W’s – Washing hands, wearing masks, and watching our distance from others. The Grey Bruce Health Unit asks that we continue to stay home as much as possible, and limit close contact to those in your household. While gatherings of 10 indoors and 25 outdoors for organized events are permitted, maintaining that physical distance and wearing a mask, especially when distancing is a challenge, is still an important protocol. Your commitment to following these guidelines has kept cases low in our area so far, and as talk of a third wave circulates, sticking to what we know works,  will help keep us in the green zone as we welcome Spring and the promised vaccines.

I appreciate everyone’s patience as we wait for vaccine distribution. The vaccines are safe and effective, and are an important tool to help stop the virus spread. This will allow individuals, families and workers to safely resume normal life. Let’s all welcome spring this weekend as we stay safe and enjoy the promised sunshine.

Stay well, everyone.

- Mayor Barb Clumpus

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