While the daily number of COVID-19 cases has been on the decline across the province, local health officials reported 53 new cases within the region last Sunday. The Region also logged the most daily cases in all of Ontario last Wednesday and Friday.
According to officials, the province is planning to bring pop-up vaccination clinics to high-priority neighbourhoods in Waterloo Region. The clinics will likely accept both walk-ins and appointments, and will offer both first and second COVID-19 vaccine doses.
On Wednesday, an enhanced booking system for COVID-19 vaccines officially launched in Waterloo Region. An upgrade from the regular booking systems, the new system will allow residents to instantly schedule their first dose appointments, rather than pre-registering in advance.
Anyone who is eligible for their second dose can rebook their appointment using the new system, and anyone over the age of 12 can use the self-serve option to book their first vaccine. The new system will also cancel a prior appointment once a new one is made.
Health officials have clarified that it is safe to mix the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines for first and second doses and have encouraged people to take the first mRNA vaccine that is available to them.
As of June 23, Waterloo health officials have confirmed 17,139 total cases of COVID-19, including approximately 260 deaths. Approximately 522 cases are considered active in the region.