Covid-19 Vaccine Milestone

Published on January 21, 2021

Ontario marks a key milestone in the fight against COVID-19, completing the first round of vaccinations in all long-term care homes in seven regions ahead of schedule.

To date, residents, staff and essential caregivers in more than 40 per cent of all long-term care homes across the province have had an opportunity to receive their first dose.

The four regions of highest community spread; Peel, Toronto, Windsor-Essex, and York have been visited with first doses available to residents, staff and essential caregivers.

Ottawa, Durham, and Simcoe-Muskoka have also completed their initial dose to all their long-term care homes.

Progress continues to be made across the province with the goal of reaching all long-term care homes by February 15.

On January 15, the province was alerted by the federal government that due to work to expand its European manufacturing facility, production of the Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine will be impacted and Canada’s allocations of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for the remainder of January and early February will be impacted.

To respond to this change in supply of the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health has provided updated direction on the administration of second doses:

  • Long-term care and high-risk retirement home residents and their essential caregivers, who have received their first dose of the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine, will receive their second dose 21 to 27 days after their first dose.
  • All other recipients of the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine must receive their second dose between 21 days and before 42 days after their first dose.

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Ontario has invested $1.38 billion to ensure that long-term care homes have the resources they need to battle this virus.

The government has also taken action to address urgent staffing shortages, including issuing management orders, enabling the deployment of hospital staff and the use of infection prevention and control teams.

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