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Tracking the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in Waterloo Region –



Since Waterloo Region started its COVID-19 vaccination programs, we’ve been tracking every dose administered. 

The most current numbers show 679,977 doses of vaccine have been administered in the region, data released Thursday afternoon (July 15) shows.

On Wednesday (July 14), 6,539 shots were given out, while 7,582 doses were administered on Tuesday (July 13).

There have been 150,148 immunizations handed out at primary-care offices and pharmacies across the region since early April. 

More than 81.2 per cent of the eligible 18-plus population has received one dose.

A total of 267,405 individuals have received their second doses. Currently, 57.2 per cent of the eligible 18+ population are fully vaccinated against the virus.

About 94.7 per cent of retirement home and long-term care residents and 65.1 per cent of staff have received both shots.

The doses administered may include health-care staff and essential workers who work in Waterloo region, but do not live locally.

Region of Waterloo public health updates its COVID-19 vaccine dashboard Monday to Friday at 1:30 p.m., with data as current as 5 p.m. the previous day. 


Here are some key developments in the vaccine rollout in Waterloo Region:


The vaccination clinic at Bingemans is offering 20,000 extra appointments this weekend, dubbed by the region as “Every Dose Counts” weekend. Appointments are now available between 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. for Saturday and Sunday. Walk-ins are welcome for first doses. Residents can book an appointment on the region’s website for a first or second dose of the vaccine.


Ontario youth aged 12-17 can start booking accelerated second doses of their vaccines as of 8 a.m. through the provincial booking portal, health units and pharmacies. Tweens and teens in that age group are eligible for Pfizer-BioNTech shots, the only vaccine approved for use in youth in Canada. The development comes as the government works to boost immunization rates before school resumes in September. 


Starting July 4, Waterloo Region will open the first drive-through vaccination clinic at Bingemans amusement park in Kitchener. Cambridge Pinebush vaccination clinic is also offering a late-night clinic that runs until midnight, as well as increased appointment 


Starting on July 1, the Region of Waterloo will offer first-dose walk-ins during all operating hours at any of the local vaccination clinics. Residents must be 12 years or older at the time of vaccination and are asked to bring their Ontario health card, or another piece of identification. Youth 12-17 can only attend a clinic offering the Pfizer vaccine.


Waterloo Region is launching a self-serve COVID-19 vaccine booking system on June 23, allowing residents to schedule their own appointments at a public vaccination clinic instead of waiting to be contacted by the region to book. Anyone 12 and older can book their first-dose appointment or reschedule second doses (if eligible) at


On June 17, the province announced it is speeding up its vaccine rollout for second doses, allowing Ontarians who received their first dost last month to book a followup ahead of schedule. Those who were partially vaccinated on or before May 9 will be eligible to book on Monday, June 21 at 8 a.m. Visit the Ontario government’s website for more information. 


The Ontario government announced on June 10 that second-dose vaccinations will be accelerated in some parts of Ontario, including Guelph and Waterloo Region, in an effort to stem the growth of the Delta variant.

MAY 31

On May 31, the province announced that long-term care homes are now required to have COVID-19 immunization policies for staff. The policies must include minimum requirements and be fully implemented by July 1, according to a press release

MAY 28

On May, 28, the Ontario government announced that 65 per cent of eligible individuals aged 18 and over have received one COVID-19 vaccine dose. As a result, the province said in a press release it is rolling out second doses ahead of schedule, starting with adults over the age of 80 on May 31.

MAY 18

On May 18, the province opened up vaccine booking to all Ontarians over the age of 18. Youth between the ages of 12 and 17 are expected to become eligible to book appointments on May 31.

MAY 11

On May 11, public health made changes to its dashboard, now disclosing the number of doses the region has received up to May 5. Previously, public health said this data could not be provided for security reasons.

On May 11, the Ontario government paused first-dose distribution of the AstraZeneca vaccine, which was being given out at pharmacies and doctor’s offices, due to a risk of rare blood clots.


The region announced on May 3 that anyone over the age of 18 in certain high-priority neighbourhoods can now register for the vaccine. The neighbourhoods are: Country Hills, Vanier/Rockway, Alpine/Laurentian, Victoria Hills/Cherry Hill in Kitchener; Shades Mills in Cambridge; and Columbia/Lakeshore in Waterloo.


After speaking with the province on April 23, task force head WRPS Deputy Chief Shirley Hilton confirmed that all pregnant individuals are now eligible to register for vaccination appointments under the highest-risk category.



On April 20, the Langs vaccination site at 1145 Concession Rd. in Cambridge began immunizing all those eligible for a vaccine. Previously, the clinic only vaccinated those aged 80 or over.


Public health added pharmacy vaccinations to its task force dashboard on April 15. A technical glitch prevented regional public health from tracking those shots, which first started being distributed on April 3.


On April 13, a Langs satellite site was expected to open in Ayr‘s North Dumfries Community Health Centre at 2958 Greenfield Rd.


The region announced it is opening two more vaccination sites to serve the public on Thursday, April 8. As of April 8, the one at 421 Greenbrook Dr. in Kitchener is already doling out doses. On April 13, a Langs satellite site will open in Ayr’s North Dumfries Community Health Centre at 2958 Greenfield Rd.


The Ontario government announced on April 6 that it will be officially starting Phase 2 of the province’s vaccine rollout. This phase includes highest-risk individuals such as organ transplant recipients, some people with neurological diseases like multiple sclerosis and essential caregivers. Other high-priority groups in this phase include some people with high-risk health conditions and their caregivers, those that live and work in congregate settings, and certain workers who cannot work from home like school staff and food manufacturing workers.


The region’s largest vaccination clinic opens at the former RONA store at 66 Pinebush Rd., in Cambridge.

MARCH 19-20

A vaccine clinic is being held at Anishnabeg Outreach (236 Woodhaven Rd. in Kitchener) for First Nations, Métis and Inuit residents of Waterloo region. Another clinic is planned for March 24-25 at the region’s administrative building (150 Frederick St.).


Task force head WRPS Deputy Chief Shirley Hilton confirmed during a news conference that Phase 1 of the vaccine rollout will be completed by the end of March.


A public vaccine clinic was expected to open at 10 Victoria St. S. in Kitchener on March 15. That same day, a vaccination clinic was slated to open in Wellesley at 3710 Nafziger Rd., Unit A.


An interim vaccination site opened on March 12 at the Langs Community Health Centre in Cambridge. The former RONA store in Cambridge (66 Pinebush Rd.) is slated to open as an immunization site the week of March 22.


Following national immunization guidelines, the province decided to extend the time interval between first and second doses to 16 weeks, or about four months. From March 10 onward, Waterloo region residents will have their second shots booked 16 weeks after their first immunization. However, residents of long-term-care and retirement homes will continue to get followup shots after 21 days.


The region’s second COVID-19 vaccination site opened at 465 The Boardwalk in Waterloo, which is dedicated to the 80-plus population.

FEB. 25

According to the region, dose numbers unable to to be pulled from the vaccine inventory system between Feb. 25 and March 1, due to a technical error. 

FEB. 19

WRPS Deputy Chief Shirley Hilton, who is leading the region’s vaccine task force, said the provincial Health Ministry released clarifications to its framework. Health-care workers listed in Phase 1, will now be prioritized in groups, ranging from highest to medium priority staff. Adult over 80 years of age have been moved from Phase 2 to Phase 1.

FEB. 8

The vaccination clinic at Grand River Hospital was expected to reopen, prioritizing second doses. First doses were planned to resume the following week.

JAN. 29 

A woman in her 30s is the first confirmed case of the fast-spreading U.K. COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7 in Waterloo region. Research suggests that the vaccine available in Canada is effective for this variant.

JAN. 28

The region paused its vaccination clinic at Grand River Hospital, pausing shots over that weekend.

JAN. 25

The region competed its first-round vaccination of all eligible local long-term care and retirement home residents, after limited vaccine supply was redirected to this at-risk population as quickly as possible.

JAN. 23

Jan. 23 marked a year since Canada’s first known COVID-19 case, a 56-year-old patient at Toronto’s Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. As of Monday, Canada has seen just under 750,000 positive virus tests, affecting nearly two per cent of the population since last year. 

JAN. 20

The region’s COVID-19 vaccine task force announced that two new vaccination sites are planned to open soon, alongside the clinic at Grand River Hospital in Kitchener. 

“We are acquiring two other sites in the region,” WRPS Deputy Chief Shirley Hilton told regional council on Jan. 20. “One will be in the north and then one will be closer to the south end of the region.” However, the deputy chief did not disclose the locations of the new sites, as agreements have not yet been signed.

JAN. 15

The Grand River Hospital vaccine clinic closed temporarily from Jan. 15 to Jan. 18 to focus on immunizing long-term-care and seniors’ home residents. Hilton said last week that supply concerns made the pause necessary.

“Our biggest hiccup right now is working with an unknown supply, or not being in a position to know further in advance as to what we might be getting,” Hilton said during a news conference on Jan. 15.

DEC. 22

Waterloo region’s vaccination site at Grand River Hospital administered its first shots to staff from Chartwell Elmira Long Term Care Residence. Long-term-care workers have been at the top of the list since the vaccine was first distributed to clinics across the province in late December. 

— with files from the Waterloo Region Record and the Toronto Star

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B.C. reports 342 new COVID cases, half of which are in Interior Health – Vernon Morning Star



The province is reporting 342 new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday (Aug. 4), a number not seen since May.

Of the new cases, 66 are in Fraser Health, 57 are in Vancouver Coastal Health, 171 are in Interior Health, 13 are in Northern Health, 32 are in Island Health and three new cases are in people who typically reside outside of Canada.

There are 1,764 active cases, of which 945 are in Interior Health. There are 55 people in hospital, 23 of whom are in intensive care or ICU.

Vaccination rates for people ages 12 and older have reached 81.5 per cent for first doses and 67.9 for second doses. There have been 6,931,815 doses of COVID vaccines administered so far.

There are five long-term care facilities currently experiencing COVID outbreaks: Holyrood Manor (Fraser Health), Nelson Jubilee Manor, Kootenay Street Village, Cottonwoods Care Centre and Brookhaven Care Centre (Interior Health).

According to the province, 78 per cent of cases are in people who are unvaccinated, while 18 per cent are in people who have had just one dose.

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B.C. reports 342 new cases of COVID-19 over past 24 hours, with half in Interior Health – Kamloops This Week



After days of reporting elevated case counts near 200 new per day, B.C. reported 342 new cases over the past 24 hours on Wednesday.

After a dramatic decline in cases from April to July, which the provincial government attributed to vaccinations taking hold in the province, cases have once again started spiking upwards, and the Interior Health region is leading the way.

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On Wednesday, Interior Health accounted for 171 of the 342 new cases, continuing the trend of making up approximately half of all new cases in the province.

But daily case data from the BC Centre for Disease Control also shows other regions beginning to increase, including Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health.

Interior Health now has nearly 1,000 active cases.

By the numbers, Fraser Health has 388 active cases, Vancouver Coastal Health has 258, Northern Health has 52, Island Health has 109, 12 are non-residents of Canada and Interior Health has 945.

As to where cases are emerging in Interior Health, weekly case data won’t be released until later on Wednesday. Previous weeks showed cases emerging in the Central Okanagan, where an outbreak was declared by Interior Health on July 28. That outbreak only affected the Central Okanagan local health area, but other local health areas also saw modest increases in cases.

Hospitalizations and deaths, however, remain low. No deaths were reported on Wednesday and only about a dozen deaths have been reported since the beginning of July.

As of Wednesday, B.C. had 55 people in hospital and 23 of those patients in ICUs.

With vaccinations continuing, B.C. has now put two doses in 67.9 per cent of everyone eligible to receive the vaccine in this province.

The province’s one-dose rate as of Wednesday is 81.5 per cent for everyone age 12 and older.

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COVID-19 outbreaks in two Kelowna area care homes announced as case numbers rise | iNFOnews | Thompson-Okanagan's News Source – iNFOnews



Cottonwoods in Kelowna had an outbreak.

August 04, 2021 – 2:44 PM

New case numbers of COVID-19 continue to rise across B.C., with Interior Health yet again showing the most growth.

It seems that the disease may have spread beyond the 20 to 40 age group, as well, with two new outbreaks in area care homes being reported.

Cottonwoods Care Centre in Kelowna and Brookhaven Care Centre in West Kelowna are listed among the province’s long-term care facilities where there’s an outbreak. Brookhaven has eight cases: four residents and four staff. Cottonwoods Care Centre long-term care has three resident cases.

In the last 24 hours there have been 342 new cases of COVID-19 diagnosed, for a total of 150,973 cases in the province since the start of the pandemic. Of these new cases, 171 were in Interior Health.

It now has 945 of the 1,764 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. Of the active cases, 55 people are in hospital and 23 are in intensive care. 

Fraser Health is reporting 66 new cases, for a total active caseload of 388, Vancouver Coastal Health is reporting 57 new cases for a total of 258 active cases, Northern Health had 13 new cases raising the active cases to 52 and Island Health had 32 new cases raising its active caseload to 109.

In the past 24 hours, no new deaths have been reported, for an overall total of 1,772.

Since December 2020, the Province has administered 6,931,815 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines.

As of Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021, 81.5% (3,777,588) of eligible people 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 67.9% (3,146,669) have received their second dose.
In addition, 82.4% (3,564,533) of all eligible adults in B.C. have received their first dose and 70.1% (3,033,200) have received their second dose.


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