EOHU provides Update on COVID-19 and other Seasonal Vaccines

Press Release

September 14, 2023

The Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) has provided the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne’s Department of Health (DOH) with updates on the current state of COVID-19 in the Eastern Ontario region. MCA/DOH falls into the catchment area of the EOHU. The EOHU also provided updates on expected seasonal vaccine clinics.

  • The percent of the population who has received a 3rd dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is low.
  • New Omicron variants continue to not be as severe.
  • The COVID-19 and influenza (flu) vaccine may be co-administered (given at the same time) when the vaccines are rolled out.
  • It is EOHU’s recommendation that children receive the flu vaccine first, then the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • The respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) vaccine will be available for long-term care setting in the fall; it will not be co-administered with the COVID-19 vaccine due to roll out times.
  • Flu vaccines are expected by the end of September within the EOHU; CHP may receive the flu vaccine at a later time.

With seasonal flu and respiratory infection season looming, the Department of Health urges the community to continue to follow public health guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses and infections: wash and sanitize your hands frequently, isolate in your home if you’re exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms until your symptoms have been improving for at least 24 hours (48 hours if you’ve had nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea) and wear a mask in public settings if you’ve tested or are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. If you’re feeling unwell, please stay home.

The Community Health Program will be starting with School-Based Immunization Programs as part of their vaccine rollout for the Fall season, followed by community flu and COVID-19 vaccine clinics. No date for school-based and community vaccine clinics have been announced yet; a community announcement will be made once the information becomes available.

Should you have any questions or require more information regarding COVID-19 or seasonal respiratory illness season, please contact the Community Health Program at 613-575-2341 ext. 3220.

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