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More details released on local vaccine rollout into March

Over the next three weeks, the focus will be those in long-term care, frontline healthcare workers and medical first responders
FILE PHOTO. A Grand River Hospital staff member holds the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine to be administered in the Region.

Waterloo Region's Vaccine Distribution Task Force provided more details Monday about the rollout plan over the next three weeks. 

It comes on the heels of the provincial government releasing more information about priority groups eligible for vaccination in Phase One.

All is subject to the availability of vaccine in Waterloo Region, vaccinations over the next three weeks will focus on the following groups:

  • Continuing first-dose vaccination of all remaining eligible long-term care, high risk retirement home staff and essential caregivers.
  • “Highest priority” frontline health care workers in these settings (Including cleaning, reception and other staff):
    • All patient-facing health care workers involved in COVID-19 response;
    • Assessment and testing centres / mobile testing teams / lab services;
    • Teams supporting outbreak response; and
    • Vaccine clinics and isolation centres.
  • Medical first responders: paramedics and firefighters
  • Community health care workers serving specialized populations:
    • Needle exchange, supervised consumption and treatment services; and
    • Home and community care workers caring for seniors and chronic home care recipients in group settings or providing hands on care to COVID-19 patients.

Adults 80 and over are now part of Phase One, but due to limited vaccine supply, vaccination of that group is not expected to start until sometime in March.

You can visit the region's website to learn more about where you can go to be vaccinated once appointments are available as well as its 5 Clinic Type strategy.

So far, over 13,000 people have been fully vaccinated.

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