Despite a recent announcement that Canada is expecting a delay in COVID-19 vaccines due to a production shortage, the Province has managed to complete the first round of vaccinations in long-term care facilities in priority regions ahead of schedule.
The Province has announced all long-term care facilities in Toronto, Peel, York, and Windsor-Essex, the four regions with the highest COVID-19 transmission rates, have received the first dose of the vaccine.
Additionally, the first round of the vaccine has been administered to all long-term care facilities in the Ottawa Public Health Region, Durham Region, and Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit.
“This is the first of many victories to come against this deadly and ruthless enemy we face,” Premier Doug Ford said in a news release.
“We are making steady progress, but we will not rest until the residents and staff of every long-term care home and all Ontarians have had the opportunity to get a vaccine,” he continued.
As of Tuesday (January 19), residents of more than 40 per cent of all long-term care facilities across the province have had an opportunity to receive the first dose of a vaccine—more than 83,000 long-term care residents, staff, and essential caregivers have been vaccinated.
“Meeting this milestone is an important step towards keeping our most vulnerable, and those who care for them, safe,” Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care, said in the same release.
“While we continue to vaccinate our loved ones, we must remember that our long-term care homes are still at risk from community spread. It’s important that all of us continue to stay home as much as possible and follow the public health measures so we can stay safe and save lives,” she continued.
All those who have received the first dose of the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine will receive the second dose in 21-27 days—they must receive the second dose no sooner than 21 days, and no later than 41 days.
Those who received the Moderna vaccine will receive the second dose in 28 days.