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EOHU urges partially vaccinated residents to finish COVID-19 shot series following South Africa's variant discovery

Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, medical officer of health at the EOHU, says most cases, hospitalizations, ICU admissions and deaths are happening in unvaccinated or partially vaccinated people.
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The Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) is urging all individuals who received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to get their second dose as soon as possible.

In order to be fully vaccinated against COVID and subsequent variants, EOHU said people must get two doses of a vaccine at an interval of eight weeks to be fully protected from the virus, including the Delta variant.

The prompt also comes after news of the discovery of the latest variant from South Africa: Omicron.

“I’m asking all individuals who are partially vaccinated to get their second dose as this will put the odds of avoiding any serious outcome from the virus in their favour,” said Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, medical officer of health at the EOHU.

“Looking at the statistics, the benefits of being fully vaccinated are clear. Most of the cases, hospitalization, ICU admissions and deaths are occurring in unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals.”

People who have not yet received their second dose and received their first dose at least eight weeks ago are encouraged to book an appointment at www.Ontario.ca/BookVaccine or walk in to one of the EOHU’s COVID-19 vaccination clinics.

Those who require assistance with booking can call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900.

Anyone who needs special accommodations can also call the EOHU at 1-800-267-7120.

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