The Health Unit has completed the first dose of all long-term care home resident COVID-19 vaccinations in our district.
972 received immunization against COVID-19 as well as 42 long-term care home health care workers, 31 individuals from First Nation elder care facilities, and 24 First Nations Health Care providers. The Health Unit reports an additional 18 doses were administered to hospital patients awaiting transfer into a long-term care home. A total of 1,087 vaccines have been administered to date in our district. This is a 96.9 percent uptake of eligible residents of long-term care homes immunized.
“The staff at the First Nation Health Care Centres, the Health Unit, and long-term care homes have done a tremendous job in working together to vaccinate our long-term care home residents and First Nation eldercare individuals,” states Dr. Jim Chirico, Medical Officer of Health. “We have a lot of work still to be done, with many other groups to immunize in phase one of the vaccine distribution framework.”
Due to the limited supply of COVID-19 vaccine across Ontario and Canada, it is unknown when the Health Unit will receive the next shipment of vaccine. Once the long-term care home residents and First Nation eldercare individuals have received their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, the Health Unit will follow Ontario’s Ethical Framework for COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution to prioritize the continuation of the vaccine rollout. The Health Unit region is currently in phase one. Other groups prioritized in phase one are:
· staff, essential caregivers (including family caregivers), and other employees in long-term care settings;
· residents, staff, essential caregivers (including family caregivers), and other employees in 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.
For more information on the COVID-19 vaccine visit www.myhealthunit.ca/COVID-