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More than 80 per cent of eligible region residents have recieved first dose of COVID-19 vaccine

A larger percentage of youth aged 12-17 still need their first dose of the vaccine

The region is reporting that more than 80 per cent of residents in Waterloo Region who are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine have now received at least one dose.

This includes everyone 12 years of age and older.

To make it easier for anyone who still hasn’t received their first dose, all public vaccination clinics continue to accept first-dose walk-ins.

“We appreciate everyone who has made the important decision to be vaccinated because they are protecting themselves, their families and the entire community,” Dr. Hsiu-Li Wang, medical officer of health for the Region of Waterloo in a press release.

“It is important that we achieve the highest vaccination coverage possible to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and the Delta variant. I urge anyone who still needs a first dose of the vaccine to make it their summer priority to get immunized right away.” 

A larger percentage of youth aged 12-17 still need their first dose of the vaccine. Like anyone still requiring a first dose, they can attend a public vaccination clinic anytime, anywhere. Appointments are also available at many family doctors’ offices (for their patients) and local pharmacies:

Youth are strongly encouraged by public health officials to get their first dose within the next few weeks so there is time to be fully vaccinated before school resumes in September.

The second dose can be administered 28 days after the first dose. Anyone 12-17 years of age must be sure to attend a vaccination clinic that is offering the Pfizer vaccine.