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Ottawa-area health unit 1st in province to hit 90% fully vaccinated

The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit announced Tuesday nine out of 10 residents eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine have now received two doses.

A road sign welcomes drivers to Leeds and Grenville. The local health unit, which also includes parts of Lanark County, says it’s the first in the province to have 90 per cent of its eligible residents fully vaccinated against COVID-19. (Kate Porter/CBC)

An Ottawa-area health unit has become the first in the province to have 90 per cent of its eligible residents fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit announced in a press release Tuesday — the day it publicly updates its vaccine figures — it had arrived at that “significant milestone.”

The 90 per cent vaccination rate for people born in 2009 or earlier is a full 10 percentage points higher than Ontario’s overall average, and seven points above the vaccination percentage in the nation’s capital.

The reasons behind the strong numbers vary, said Rebecca Kavanagh, acting director for the health unit’s healthy living and development department.

They range from municipalities opening the doors of community centres and arenas for clinics, she said, to paramedics seeking out people who can’t get to a vaccination site themselves.

“All of these efforts have helped to bring vaccine close to where people live,” Kavanagh said in a statement.

The health unit’s communities include Brockville, Smiths Falls, Perth, Gananoque and Mississippi Mills. As of Tuesday, it still had 15 known active cases of COVID-19, but zero outbreaks.

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