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Under 34K more full vaccinations needed in region to reach provincial goal

An average of 4,700 shots were administered per day over the past week
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Sign beside the COVID-19 vaccination clinic at The Boardwalk in Waterloo. (Erin Anderson/KitchenerToday)

The region's vaccine task force is out with new statistics. On average, over the past week, there were 4,700 doses given out per day in Waterloo Region; 32,862 overall. 

However, local officials mentioned the rate of vaccination has slowed since the highest volume earlier in July. 

"We need to vaccinate 33,986 to reach the provincial target of 75 per cent of the 12 and older population fully vaccinated," said Vickie Murray, integrated director of pharmacy at Grand River Hospital. 

In order to reach that target, regional officials are making it easier, "(as) all Waterloo Region vaccine clinics are now open to both first and second dose walk-ins, while appointments are available, they are not required, and the clinics are happy to accommodate people who arrive without an appointment," said Murray. 

Starting Saturday, there will be two buses "on the road" at a variety of locations, including St. Jacobs Market, Fairview Park Mall, Conestoga Mall, Downtown Elmira, and select community locations based on vaccination data, COVID-19 positivity rates, and engagement initiatives. 

Murray mentioned regular mobile clinics will continue and have plans to go back to shelters, refugees, and Indigenous clinics. 


 

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