An update from the Ottawa COVID-19 Emergency Operations Center – Stittsville Central

This news came late Saturday evening and is the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 vaccinations, EOC operations; links to book your appointment and opening hours of community clinics.

City of Ottawa and Ottawa Public Health Integrated Emergency Operations Centre:
Effective December 13, 2021, the City of Ottawa’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) reverted to Activated Operations to manage city-wide support for the COVID-19 Vaccine Deployment Initiative. 19 led by Ottawa Public Health. This responded to the city’s need to increase third-dose vaccination capacity, which is an important public health mitigation measure against the spread of the COVID-19 Omicron variant.

However, on December 16, 2021, the City and Ottawa Public Health made the decision to merge operations into an integrated Emergency Operations Centre. The new Emergency Operations Center will coordinate safe and effective administration of the COVID-19 vaccine, as well as prepare for, mitigate and respond to the expected increase in the number of COVID-19 cases linked to Omicron. The EOC will continue to meet remotely.

Provincial announcements:
The province announced that starting December 20 at 8 a.m., all people 18 years of age and older (born in 2003 or before) can book a third dose (booster) appointment. Individuals can receive a booster 84 days (about three months) after their second dose.

Operational planning:
Contingency plans have been developed and implemented to assign additional vaccination appointments at community clinics; however, work to increase capacity will continue over the next few days or even weeks. It was particularly difficult to recruit a large number of vaccinators in a short time.

Over the past week, OPH with the support of the City EOC and many partners, succeeded in doubling its vaccination capacity. This weekend, the The EY Center has been added as an additional community clinic, offering the possibility of making 2,700 additional appointments per day.

To achieve this ramp-up, a certain number of resources have been mobilised. This includes, but is not limited to, the City of Ottawa Emergency Operations Center, Facilities Management, Information Technology Services, Security Services, and Bylaw Ambassadors. Additionally, Ottawa Public Health has suspended groundwork to redeploy staff to these efforts. The Emergency Operations Center is also working with external partners, including pharmacies, primary care providers and The Ottawa Hospital, to explore all opportunities to increase immunization capacity as quickly as possible.

Weekend operations:
Saturday, December 18, 2021 and Sunday, December 19, 2021: Community Clinic Operations (noting first and last appointment times)

  • Eva James Memorial Center (65 Stonehaven Dr.) – 7:45 a.m. to 8:10 p.m.
  • EY Center (4899 Uplands Drive) – 7:45 a.m. to 8:10 p.m.
  • JH Putman School (2051 Bel-Air Drive) – 9:45 a.m. to 4:10 p.m.
  • Nepean Sportsplex Curling Rink (1701 Woodroffe Avenue) – 9:45 a.m. to 4:10 p.m.
  • Rideauview Community Center (4310 Shore Line Drive) – 9:45 a.m. to 4:10 p.m.
  • Ruddy Family YMCA/YWCA (265 Centrum Boul.) – 9:45 a.m. to 4:10 p.m.
  • St. Patrick’s Middle School (1486 Heron Road) – 7:45 a.m. to 8:10 p.m.
  • University of Ottawa Minto Sports Complex (801 King Edward Avenue) – 7:45 a.m. to 8:10 p.m.

Demand for vaccine appointments is extremely high and we are doing everything we can to open more appointments, increase capacity and vaccinate all eligible people as soon as possible. The COVID-19 vaccine is available to those eligible for a first, second or third dose at any community clinic in Ottawa during their hours of operation. Walk-in availability is limited for the first and second doses. Appointments are recommended. Appointments are required for third doses.

You can use the provincial online reservation system or call the provincial reservation system at 1-833-943-3900 (TTY 1-866-797-0007)to make an appointment at your location community clinic.

A variety of other locations offer the vaccine in Ottawa, such as some pharmacies, clinics for Inuit populations, mobile workplace vaccination clinics, and Kids Come First Health Team vaccination clinics. Learn about upcoming after-school COVID-19 vaccination clinics and other options for vaccinating children ages 5-11.

Nowadays, more than 121,000 third doses were administered to Ottawa residents . On Monday, 634,000 people 18 and older in Ottawa will be eligible for a third dose.

We ask Ottawa residents for their patience and understanding this weekend and in the days ahead as we work as quickly as possible to meet demand. The reality is that on Monday, for the newly eligible 18+ population, there will likely be no or very few appointments available. Please follow Ottawa Public Health announcements on our website and on social networks for the latest information on available appointments.

As a reminder, the PHO Stakeholder Relations Mailboxremain available for all general public health and vaccine safety inquiriesincluding case management, testing and mental health.


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