More than 50 per cent of people ages 60 and older in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark have received a COVID-19 booster shot, according to Dr. Paula Stewart.

Stewart, the Medical Officer of Health for the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit, also says 76 per cent of people 70 or older have received a booster shot. 

She says these numbers are a good sign. “This is the group that is more likely to have chronic health problems,” Stewart says, “and if they did get COVID, could be sicker. So, we’re really, really pleased that that group is getting their vaccines, because the third dose really does make a difference.”

Stewart also expanded upon the need for you to get a third dose of your COVID-19 vaccine, if you’re eligible. “You’ve got a little bit of protection against symptoms with the second dose,” she says, “and really good protection, actually, against really serious disease and hospitalization.” 

“You really need that third dose to be able to give you the additional protection against getting symptoms,” she concludes, “both so you don’t get sick, and you don’t spread it to others.”

If you’re interested in getting vaccinated against COVID-19, or getting a booster dose if you’re eligible, the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit’s website has a list of clinics in the area. The health unit also posts clinics with walk-in appointments available on its Facebook page.