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No vaccine locally until February 1 at the earliest says Health Unit

Priority will be given to staff, essential caregivers (including family caregivers), and other employees in long-term care settings, retirement homes and congregate living settings for seniors
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The North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit says it expected to receive a shipment of vaccines on Feb. 1, 2021; however, due to a limited supply of vaccines throughout the province and Canada, there may be a delay in receiving the first shipment of vaccine.

Vaccination of residents, staff and essential caregivers of long-term care homes has begun in many parts of the province, with the goal of having the first dose administered in all homes no later than Feb. 15.

The Health Unit will be prioritizing residents of long-term care homes.

In the event enough vaccine is provided priority will go to::

  • staff, essential caregivers (including family caregivers), and other employees in long-term care settings, retirement homes and congregate living settings for seniors;
  • health care workers, including hospital employees, staff who work or study in hospitals and health care personnel;
  • adults in First Nations, Métis and Inuit populations;
  • adult recipients of chronic home health care.

No new cases were reported in this district Friday, marking the second consecutive day.

Meanwhile, In the fight against any further spread of COVID-19 that has swept through Roberta Place long-term care home, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit has accelerated its immunization program.

Today, all eligible residents and staff at Roberta Place Retirement Lodge retirement home are being vaccinated against COVID-19, in an effort to protect them against what is highly likely a variant of the virus that has devastated the adjacent Roberta Place long-term care home.

Immunization by the health unit’s mobile team will be complete by the end of today, as will the vaccination of any remaining residents and staff at Roberta Place long-term care home.

Beginning this weekend, the health unit, in collaboration with Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre, (RVH) will also begin immunizing residents at retirement homes throughout Simcoe Muskoka.


Jeff Turl

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