Catching up with COVID-19 bulletins

RCD residents aged 55+ may pre-register now but not book locally until May 5

Renfrew County and District Health Unit (RCDHU) distributed a media release Apr.30 advising residents that the Ontario Government has expanded eligibility through the provincial booking system to individuals 55 years of age and over. Due to limited vaccine supply from the province, RCDHU cannot open the local booking system to 55 years of age and over until Wednesday, May 5th. However, residents born between 1962 and 1966 (55 to 59 years of age) can now pre-register for an appointment only.

Pre-register only means that you cannot book appointments at this time. This ensures that residents are readily available should RCDHU receive extra vaccine, and so that staff can plan and prepare for upcoming vaccination clinics. Residents on the pre-registration list may receive calls offering vaccination if extra doses are available at clinics.

RCDHU further asks that residents please be patient as RCDHU is currently experiencing limited vaccine availability. As soon as RCDHU receives confirmation of vaccine shipments from the provincial government, more appointments will be added to the booking system. Please continue to monitor the website for upcoming availability of appointments.

For more information, visit RCDHU’s website at or call 613-732-3629 or 1-800-267-1097.

Levesque,C.,RCD COVID-19 Vaccine Communications Committee(2021,Apr.30) Province Expands Eligibility to 55 Years of Age and Older – RCDHU Residents Can Book Appointments Locally on May 5th [media release]

Pembroke Vaccination Clinic is recruiting

According to a media release received April 26, the Pembroke Regional Hospital hopes to expand its COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic Team with the recruitment of additional regulated health care professionals to vaccinate, pre-load syringes and fill the onsite role of Pharmacy lead, a minimum of one eight-hour shift every two weeks.

The additional team members will work in paid positions at the clinic held at the Pembroke Memorial Centre which is operated by the Pembroke Regional Hospital on behalf of the Renfrew County and District Health Unit.

Both vaccinators and those interested in the role of pre-loading syringes with the COVID-19 vaccine will need to be trained in aseptic technique, and participate in required training including a review of related policies and procedures and educational materials.

Those taking on the role of Pharmacy lead will be responsible for, among other duties, supervision of the pre-loading area, managing work flow, and on-site collaboration with the Health Unit and Clinic leads.

All Clinic Team members who are in these specialized roles must be regulated health care professionals in good standing with their college or governing body.

For more information about these roles, or if you are interested in being part of this exciting, historical partnership, please contact Danielle Rae, Clinic Human Resources lead, email:

Levesque,C.,PRH(2021,Apr.26) Pembroke Memorial Centre COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic Seeks Additional Team Members For Specialized Roles [media release]

Community outbreak declared in Deep River

In a media release received April 28, Renfrew County and District Health Unit (RCDHU) confirmed that a Community Outbreak has been declared in the Town of Deep River. There are 15 individuals who have received a positive laboratory-confirmed case of novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) to date, and more cases are anticipated due to the large number of high-risk family contacts within this closely knit group in the Town of Deep River. On further investigation, there appears to be spread amongst the members within this group. RCDHU is currently conducting extensive case and contact tracing within this specific group to evaluate and contain the spread of COVID-19.

“This is a tightly knit group. We are taking all precautions to limit spread within the community and to prevent spread throughout Renfrew County and District,” states Dr. Robert Cushman, Acting Medical Officer of Health, RCDHU.

RCDHU has directed all families and persons impacted within this specific group to self-isolate until cleared of COVID-19.

It is imperative that everyone do their part to stay home if they are sick, avoid contact with people who are ill, practice physical distancing (2 metres), wear a mask/face covering when physical distancing cannot be maintained, wash their hands, use the COVID Alert App and complete the COVID Alert App and complete the COVID-19 self-assessment tool or COVID-19 school and child care self-assessment tool daily before going to work, school or daycare, to monitor for symptoms and proper guidance.

For more information, visit RCDHU’s website at covid-19-2/ or call 613-732-3629 or 1-800-267-1097.

Prince,A.,RCDHU(2021,Apr.28) April-28-2021-FINAL-RCDHU-Declares-Community-Outbreak-in-the-Town-of-Deep-River [media release]

RCD COVID-19 Vaccine Communications Committee

A total of 32,649 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Renfrew County and District (RCD) as of April 25, 2021. Those aged 16 years and more in RCD who have received at least one dose of the vaccine is 33.2 percent. Below is the Local Snapshot Infographic released by RCD COVID-19 Vaccine Communications Committee on April 28:

RCDHU Communications(2021,Apr.28) COVID-19 Vaccine News Brief – Edition 10 and RCD COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout At a Glance Infographic [media advisory]

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