Hamilton tops daily COVID-19 vaccination target for first time during Omicron surge

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Published December 21, 2021 at 9:31 pm

While slowing the spread of Omicron might only get more difficult, Hamilton has hit its daily vaccination goal for the first time during the latest COVID-19 surge.

The city’s top doctor, chief medical officer Dr. Elizabeth Richardson, has stated Hamilton would “slowly ramp up” capabilities to give 8,000 doses per day. On Monday, the first day that anyone over 18 years old could receive their third jab, some 8,591 doses were administered in the city. That total, of course, would include non-residents from outside of Hamilton who came to get a dose.

Nonetheless, it was the most given in a single day since July 9, when 8,775 doses were administered. It also came less than one week after the city announced it was increasing capacity at its clinics.

Richardson said Monday that it would likely take until the end of January to give another dose to every Hamilton resident who needs one. As the head of Hamilton Public Health Service, she also warned that the healthcare system in Hamilton will likely be put under strain during the booster campaign. That is due to the seeming certainly that some healthcare workers will have to self-isolate due to contracting Omicron, which is much more highly communicable than earlier variants of concern, or being a close contact of someone who has.

In the meantime, many clinics and pharmacies in Hamilton require an appointment to get a vaccine. But there are vaccination sites that will be taking walk-ins on Wednesday (Dec. 22):

Hamilton had a total of 181 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday. That raised the seven-day average to 126.

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