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Two parts – Status Update and News
25 February 2021 – 4:45 pm
The HKPR DHU has now received the Pfizer vaccine and over the next five to seven days, expect to administer vaccine doses to priority staff, physicians and midwives from NHH as well as those from Campbellford Memorial, Haliburton Highlands and Ross Memorial Hospitals. This will be done at NHH since they can store the vaccine. A Press release on February 25 said “With the delivery of the Pfizer vaccine to the area hospitals, HKPRDHU is continuing to provide vaccine to the long-term care homes and high-risk retirement homes to ensure those staff are vaccinated. Once additional vaccine arrives in the community, HKPRDHU will continue to work with all of its health care partners to provide vaccine to more residents of the region as identified by the provincial priority list.”
Update from the HKPR DHU – 24 February
The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit (HKPR DHU) received more than 4,500 doses of the Pfizer vaccine this week, as well another 1,700 doses of Moderna.
The Moderna vaccine will be used to provide the second dose to those residents of long-term care and high-risk retirement homes who had received their first dose last month. This must be given no sooner than 28 days after the first dose.
The Pfizer vaccine will be used to vaccinate staff of long-term care and retirement homes, essential caregivers in those facilities, and health care workers in area hospitals. This will be done at hospitals who have the necessary hi-Tech refrigeration.
Persons receiving Home and Community Care, as well as other members of the community who are 80 years of age and older are scheduled to be vaccinated next. This is now expected in March but not in the first two weeks. Province says it will be third week in March.
Based on the province’s vaccine distribution plan, the next phase of vaccinations will focus on older adults living in the community under the age of 80 years and other higher risk parts of the population, and then eventually all members of the community who wish to be vaccinated.
It is expected that vaccines will be provided much like Flu shots in previous years. That is, at Pharmacies and Doctors’ offices.
Schedule per Ontario Government
An online portal for booking appointments for COVID-19 vaccines in Ontario is set to launch on March 15. [At this time, you won’t be able to book for anyone less than 80]
April 15: vaccinations begin for people 75 years old and over.
May 1: vaccinations begin for people 70 years old and over.
June 1: vaccinations begin for people 65 years and over.
July 1: vaccinations begin for people 60 years and over.
Essential workers, meanwhile, should begin getting their shots the first week in May,
Children (under 18) will not be vaccinated just yet – currently vaccines are not licensed for children. But children are less susceptible. However, trials are now under way with children so a vaccine could be available for them later this year or next.
Variants of Concern (VOCs)
Statement by Dr. Ian Gemmil – Medical Officer of Health
The situation with VOCs can change quickly. In fact as of now, there are 9 variants of concern (VOC) cases in the HKPR District Health Unit region. Seven are in Northumberland County, while two are in the City of Kawartha Lakes.
As noted, the source of all of these VOCs are tied to contacts with others outside the HKPR DHU region. The 9 VOCs involve three clusters and a single case… and in all these situations, these local VOCs are well under control as the people involved are isolating and limiting their contacts.
What is worrisome is the continuing spread of coronavirus variants across Ontario. We are likely to see more of these VOCs in our region, so the need to take public health prevention measures continues to be important until more people are vaccinated.
Forum to Answer Questions on Vaccines
To be held 7:00 pm Thursday 25 February via Zoom and Telephone Conference call.
With the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines underway for priority populations in Northumberland as part of Phase 1 of the provincial distribution plan, Ontario Health Team of Northumberland (OHT-N) partners will host an interactive online session to answer the public’s vaccine-related questions.
Questions to be answered
How do the COVID-19 vaccines work? Are the vaccines safe? How long will immunization last? How are vaccines being distributed? When is rollout to the general population expected and how will this be coordinated locally?
Four panelists from the local health care community will open the forum with a brief overview of topics including how the vaccines work in the body to combat the virus, the status of local vaccine rollout along with rough timelines for expanded distribution, and the partnerships in place to ensure a coordinated approach to mass vaccination across Northumberland.
Panelists will then take questions from participating members of the public.
There are two options to join:
- Via the Zoom platform – can ask questions
- Phone – provide questions in advance
Who: Moderated by Linda Davis, President and CEO, Northumberland Hills Hospital, this forum will include the following presenters:
- Dr. Ian Gemmill, Acting Medical Officer of Health, Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit
- Karen Peters, Pharmacist, Northumberland Family Health Team
- Dr. Emma Smith, Primary Care Physician
When: Thursday, February 25, at 7:00 p.m.
Where/How: Join the Virtual Forum in one of the following ways:
- Connect directly via Zoom: zoom.us/join
- Dial-in by phone, toll-free: 1-855-703-8985
- Access code for either option:
- Meeting ID: 984 5373 8346
- Passcode: 599866
Joining by phone? Submit your questions in advance to email@example.com or to 1-800-354-7050, ext. 2335. Joining via Zoom? Submit questions during the event using the “chat” button.