With the Omicron sub-variants circulating in Algoma, our health unit says vaccination continues to be one of the best ways to protect ourselves from severe illness, hospitalization, and death.
The Acting Medical officer of Health at Algoma Public Health, Dr. John Tuinema, says it is important to note that while a previous COVID-19 infection may provide some short-term immunity, immunity does decrease over time and a person’s risk of severe illness may also increase with each re-infection.
He issued the warning adding the agency is seeing signs of a new wave in the Algoma District.
Dr. Tuinema stresses the public should continue to take necessary precautions to reduce the risk of contracting or spreading the virus.
He adds multiple layers of protection include:
Staying up to date on vaccinations
Wearing a well-fitted mask in indoor or crowded spaces (including outdoors)
Keeping indoor spaces well ventilated
Using Rapid Antigen Testing (RAT) or seeking PCR testing (if eligible)
Screening for symptoms and staying home when ill
He also suggests finding an available pharmacy near you to get your next COVID-19 vaccination. Vaccine product (i.e. brand), availability, and appointment booking vary by location.