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COVID-19: 60% of eligible Ottawa residents are double vaccinated

Three out of every five Ottawans aged 12 and older are now inoculated with both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to the end-of-week update from the local public health unit.

Ottawa Public Health says 62 per cent of Ottawa adults are considered fully vaccinated with two doses of COVID-19 vaccine as of Friday.

Some 553,045 Ottawa residents are now vaccinated with both doses, representing 52 per cent of the city’s total population.

The 18-39 age group continues to lag in first-dose vaccination rates, holding steady at around 70-72 per cent.

Second-dose uptake continues to climb in these age groups, however. Some 42 per cent of those aged 18 to 29 have received both doses, as have 47 per cent of those aged 30 to 39.

The city has opened up walk-in vaccination appointments for both first and second doses at a number of select community clinics this week, in an attempt to further lower the barriers to getting vaccine shots.

The city releases a new list of clinics with walk-in availability each day, with Friday’s slate showing more than 2,000 available appointments at sites across the city.

Meanwhile, COVID-19 levels in the city appear to be dwindling.