COVID-19 in Ottawa: Weekly roundup March 19, 2021

Here’s the City’s weekly roundup of information in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. You can also get daily City updates on Facebook(link is external)Twitter(link is external), and Instagram(link is external):

Covid-19 Vaccine Updates:

  • To date, more than 88,000 doses of vaccines have been administered in Ottawa.
  • Ottawa is now in the Provincial Red-Control status(link is external) due to the number of COVID-19 cases in the city.
  • The Ontario government is expanding appointments through its online booking system to individuals aged 75 and over(link is external), effective Monday, March 22.
  • All Ottawa residents 80 and older can now receive a COVID-19 vaccination and so far, more than 20,00 have booked first and second dose appointments through the provincial online booking system. Visit the OPH COVID-19 Vaccine page(link is external) to check eligibility and to book an appointment.
  • A community vaccination clinic at the Ruddy Family YM-YWCA opened on March 17, with two more clinics scheduled to open on March 23 at Ottawa City Hall and the Eva James Memorial Community Centre in Kanata. Complimentary parking is available to clients attending the clinics at City Hall. Visit the Vaccine distribution page for more information.
  • Ottawa is expected to complete second dose offers of COVID-19 vaccines to eligible residents at all 82 retirement homes in the city by March 20.
  • Under Red – Control status, the City will continue to offer many of the same recreation services but programming will be impacted due to capacity restrictions and physical distancing requirements.
  • By-appointment counter services will remain unchanged. Visit the Status of municipal services and facilities page for more information.
  • Visit the OPH Covid-19 Vaccination page(link is external) to learn who can currently get the Covid-19 vaccine and check out COVID-19 in Ottawa for the latest updates.

The latest from Ottawa Public Health

  • “By moving into Red-Control now, we are sending a clear signal that more action is required to reduce COVID levels in our community. We need to do what we know has worked for us in the previous months. Limit contacts and interactions, stay home as much as possible and especially if you are sick, wear a mask, wash your hands often and get tested if you think you may be infected. Doing these things will help decrease levels in the community to avoid another lockdown.” Read the latest statement from Dr. Vera Etches(link is external).
  • Starting Friday, March 19, First Nation, Métis and Inuit community members over 40 years of age are eligible for a vaccine appointment at the vaccination clinic located at St-Laurent Complex. Call today to book an appointment: 613-691-5505. You will be asked to provide proof of Indigenous identity/status. Learn more(link is external).
  • Please join the Ottawa Disability Coalition, Ottawa Public Health and the City of Ottawa Accessibility Office for a presentation on COVID-19 vaccination for people with disabilities in Ottawa on Tuesday, March 23(link is external) (10:30 am to noon).
  • The four COVID vaccines approved for use in Canada are safe and effective against symptomatic COVID-19 infection, severe illness and hospitalization. Learn more(link is external).
  • Thanks for sharing your thoughts on COVID-19 vaccines. Over 1,700 residents provided feedback to eight survey questions from January 15 to February 15. Read the results of the latest COVID-19 online engagement in our “What we Heard(link is external)” report.

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