Hamilton

'The day we've been waiting for,' mobile COVID vaccination clinic comes to St. Joseph's Villa

Residents of St. Joseph’s Villa received the first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on Friday as part of the city’s mobile vaccination clinic. This comes as the city today reports 71 new cases of COVID-19 and two more deaths linked to the virus.

2 more COVID-19 related deaths reported in last 24 hours taking city's cumulative total to 232

Residents of St. Joseph’s Villa received the first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on Friday day as part of the city’s mobile vaccination clinic. (Submitted by Alex Snyder)

Residents of St. Joseph's Villa received the first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on Friday as part of the city's mobile vaccination clinic.

This comes as the city today reports 71 new cases of COVID-19 and two more deaths linked to the virus.

The vaccination clinic program aims to bring the vaccine directly to our most vulnerable populations in long-term care and high-risk retirement homes. 

"It's the day we've been waiting for," says Mieke Ewen, chief operating officer, St. Joseph's Villa. 

"With so many residents vaccinated, it feels like we can finally see some light at the end of the tunnel. We're so grateful for Public Health, who prioritized Hamilton's long-term care and senior homes in this vaccine rollout."

The mobile clinic vaccinated 381 St. Joseph's Villa residents (about 95 per cent). 

After such a challenging year since the onset of the pandemic, the St. Joseph's Villa team says it is thrilled with the turnout of consenting residents. 

Added layer of protection to most vulnerable

The St. Joseph's Villa team said that with 446 Villa staff and essential caregivers already vaccinated, vaccinating residents is an added layer of protection to its most vulnerable populations. 

Dr. Hugh Boyd, Medical Director, St. Joseph's Villa, also shared his excitement on the day.

"We're very excited and proud that a number of our staff and caregivers have already received the vaccine," he said. 

"But vaccinating residents is absolutely crucial to protecting our most vulnerable populations and returning to some normalcy." 

John Rowan, a Villa resident who survived the deadly virus in November 2020, says: 'I am so grateful to be among the Villa’s residents receiving their first dose of the vaccine.' (Submitted by Alex Snyder)

Though meaningful to the staff, the vaccine arrival was just as significant to residents and their families. 

"I am so grateful to be among the Villa's residents receiving their first dose of the vaccine," says John Rowan, a Villa resident who survived the deadly virus in November 2020. 

"This past year has been difficult, in many ways, for all of us: residents, staff and our families. I am hopeful as more people receive the vaccine that we will be able to open the doors so I can hug my children and hold my great granddaughter again. I miss them very much." 

719 active cases of COVID-19 in Hamilton

There are currently 719 active cases of COVID-19 in Hamilton. 

The number of deaths recorded over the course of the pandemic now stands at 232.

Since the start of the pandemic, 8,503 people in Hamilton have been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus. Of these, 7,347 have recovered.

The city's weekly rate of new cases per 100,000 people continues to fall and is at 98 as of Friday.

Brant

The county of Brant has 50 active cases and one new death according to data online. There were two new cases in the last 24 hours.

There have been 1,282 cases since March and seven deaths. There are six people hospitalized with COVID-19.

Brant County Public Health reports 2,552 vaccines have been administered.

Haldimand-Norfolk

Haldimand and Norfolk Counties are reporting eight new cases of COVID-19.

There have been 1,271 throughout the pandemic. Of those, 143 are active.

The local public health unit has linked the virus to 38 deaths.

Halton

The number of COVID-19 cases in Halton rose by 114, for a total of 7,875 so far.

Data indicates 497 of those cases are active.

Eleven of the new cases were in Burlington, which has seen 2,053 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. There are 126 active cases in the city.

A total of 151 people across the region have died after being infected with the virus, 33 of them in Burlington.

Niagara

Niagara reported 95 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday. The region has seen 7,087 cases over the course of the pandemic, including 1,501 that are active.

A total of 246 people have died as a result of COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic.

Meanwhile, 5,340 cases are now marked as resolved.

Six Nations

Six Nations of the Grand River has 10 active COVID-19 cases according to Ohsweken Public Health.

There were three new cases reported on Thursday. There have been 135 cases reported over the course of the pandemic and one death.

Ontario reports 2,662 new cases of COVID-19

Meanwhile, Ontario reported another 2,662 cases of COVID-19 and 87 more deaths linked to the illness on Friday.

The province's network of labs processed 71,750 test samples for the virus and reported a provincewide test positivity rate of 3.3 per cent, the lowest it has been since mid-December.

Further, the seven-day average of daily cases dropped to 2,703, marking 11 straight days of decreases.

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