It took a community to vault this eastern Ontario public health unit to the top of the double-dose vaccination chart, exceeding its own 90% goal on Sept. 27 — just a few weeks after school started.

Story by @krushowy…
Today, the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit remains the leader in Ontario, with 92% of eligible residents fully vaccinated, and 97% having received one dose.…
There are only 23 active cases in the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit, according to the unit's latest numbers, in a population of 170,000 people.…
Ontario’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Kieran Moore has repeatedly said the entire province needs to get to 90% vaccination to keep COVID-19 in check.…
With volunteers, nurses, paramedics and vaccination clinics filling gaps everywhere from racing events to a Giant Tiger warehouse, this public health unit was able to exceed its vaccination goal.…

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