Effective Thursday, April 29 at 9 a.m., individuals in the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit (Health Unit) region born in 1966 or before will be able to book an appointment to attend local COVID-19 vaccine clinics.

Individuals who meet this criteria can book online at www.ontario.ca/BookVaccine. The Health Unit requests individuals born in 1966 or before use the provincial online booking system if possible, as local Call Centre volume continues to be high.

Appointments are available for COVID-19 vaccine clinics taking place as early as Friday, April 30 in North Bay.

As of this morning, just over 38% of the district’s adult population has had at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. 

In the last seven days, 16 new cases have been reported bringing the district’s total case count to 351 cases, with 230 in Nipissing and 121 in Parry Sound. 

“As of this morning, we have 16 active cases with two cases hospitalized,” said Shannon Mantha, Executive Director of Clinical Services and Chief Nursing Officer at the Health Unit. “There are 4 active Variants of Concern cases in the District. […] A quarter of our recent cases have come from community spread. This means that we are unable to determine how or where they acquired the virus. Additionally, in the past 14 days, more than one-quarter of our cases have been among those aged 19 or younger.”