The Renfrew County District Health Unit now says that COVID-19 vaccine appointments are available for those 75 years of age or older.

Eligible people also include long-term care essential caregivers, all healthcare workers, Indigenous residents over 18, and residents and staff of congregate living spaces. In addition, faith-based leaders who are at increase risk due to close contact are also eligible. This includes those in end-of-life care, home visits to unwell people, or those in care of the deceased. If you are eligible for a vaccine, you can click here.

The news comes as the RCDHU confirms its first COVID variant cases, with one-third of last week’s cases being considered variants of concern. The Health Unit also predicts that the district will soon move into an orange level of health restrictions.

Meanwhile, Patio season may be right around the corner, but the Renfrew County District Health Unit is urging caution. They have adopted a Covid-19 safe dining protocol, effective starting this Friday. Because it is difficult to maintain two meters physical distance when dining, the RCDHU is requiring people to dine out with household members only. People who are dining out with a caregiver or dining with someone who lives alone and is joining one other household will also be permitted. Instructions for restaurants can be found here.