Vaccination rates slowly improving in Cornwall, says region’s top doctor – CBC

Parts of city see 3 per cent bump in fully vaccinated residents over previous week

Oct 21, 2021

As Cornwall, Ont. continues to grapple with some of the lowest vaccination rates in the province, regional health officials say the situation seems to be slowly improving.

According to the latest data from the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU), areas of the city have reached 72 per cent of fully vaccinated residents, up from 69 per cent a week ago.

After seeing some of the highest positivity rates in Ontario, which resulted in the Cornwall Community Hospital temporarily suspending non-urgent surgeries, the uptick in vaccinations is an encouraging sign for health officials.

Still, Medical Officer of Health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis said there’s a lot of work being done to try and get more eligible residents to roll up their sleeves. Cornwall remains far behind the rest of the region, which has 86 per cent of eligible people fully vaccinated.

“It’s a hard, hard last mile,” Roumeliotis told reporters during a media briefing Wednesday.

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