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Brampton will have to wait as COVID-19 vaccine headed to Ottawa and Toronto first

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Brampton will have to wait as COVID-19 vaccine headed to Ottawa and Toronto first

Brampton won’t be first in line to receive the COVID-19 vaccination.

The Ontario government has announced that Ottawa and Toronto will receive the medication on Tuesday which will see 2,500 healthcare workers in those two cities be the first to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

Two pilot sites at University Health Network in Toronto and The Ottawa Hospital will receive doses of the Pfizer vaccine to be administered to healthcare workers who are providing care in hospitals and long-term care homes.

This comes despite Brampton being the hardest hit community in Ontario with the highest positivity rate for cases of COVID-19.

As well, on Friday Mayor Patrick Brown said he had been assured by government officials that Brampton would be at the top of the list for receiving the vaccine.

A statement released from Premier Doug Ford’s office states the Ottawa and Toronto locations were selected as a pilot project because it will test the travel logistics for the vaccine in two different regions. It goes on to say these sites are considered favourable because they already have equipment necessary to safely store the vaccine and the trained staff to handle it.

The Provincial government is considering this distribution as a pilot because it will help inform the preparedness plan to receive larger vaccine quantities as it moves forward to Phase One of the general rollout. Queen’s Park believes the pilot is necessary to test the logistics of delivery, reconstitution of the vaccine, clinic management, and post-vaccine surveillance.

The pilot also affords the opportunity to learn from the experiences of those being immunized so lessons learned can be shared with sites that will receive the vaccine in the coming weeks and months, according to the Premier’s office.

It is expected that Brampton will be a part of Phase One of the distribution process because it is in the Grey-Lockdown area. The process will follow this order.
• Based on per capita allocations, an expected 90,000 Pfizer-BioNTech doses received from the Federal government will be delivered to up to 14 hospital sites in Grey-Lockdown and Red-Control zones in December, to vaccinate health care workers in hospitals, long-term care homes, retirement homes and other congregate settings caring for seniors.
• Deliveries of an expected 35,000 to 85,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine, once approved, will enable vaccinations to be expanded to long-term care homes in the Grey-Lockdown areas.
• In early 2021, expansion of additional hospital sites providing the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in Grey-Lockdown and Red-Control zones, with continued vaccination provided to health care workers and, with the appropriate safety protocols, to long-term care home and retirement home residents.
• It is anticipated that by end of January over 20 hospitals across the province will be administering the Pfizer vaccine.
• An expansion of the number of locations to administer the Moderna vaccine would include long-term care homes, retirement homes, public heath units, other congregate care settings for seniors, and adults in First Nations, Métis and Indigenous populations.

Phase Two will begin when Ontario receives an increased stockpile of vaccines which is expected in a few months.

During Phase Two, vaccinations will be administered to healthcare workers, as well as to residents in long-term care homes and retirement homes, to home care patients with chronic conditions and to additional First Nation communities and urban Indigenous populations, including Métis and Inuit adults.

Ontario will enter Phase Three when vaccines are available for every Ontarian who wishes to be immunized.

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