COVID vaccines could arrive in North Bay on Feb. 1, depending on supply issues
The first batch of COVID-19 vaccines is expected to arrive Feb. 1, the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit said Friday.
"However, due to a limited supply of vaccines throughout the province and Canada, there may be a delay receiving our first shipment of vaccines," the health unit said in a news release.
The Ministry of Health has announced plans to begin vaccinating residents, staff and essential caregivers of long-term care homes no later than Feb. 15. The health unit said when vaccines do arrive, it will be prioritizing residents of long-term care homes.
If there are enough vaccines, priority will also 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;
- Healthcare 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.
"The health unit will continue to update the district on the status of the COVID-19 vaccine as information becomes available," the release said.
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