KAWARTHA LAKES-A total of 3684 Coronavirus vaccinations have been administered to-date at the COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the LEX.
Officials say during the week of March 15, the Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit (HKPRDHU)received 3,500 doses of the Pfizer vaccine. For the week of March 22 to 26, they received 5,800 doses of Pfizer and 2,100 doses of Moderna Vaccine. This week, officials are expecting to receive 5,850 doses of Pfizer and 1,100 of Moderna.
“HKPRDHU has been notified of upcoming vaccine shipments and is expecting to receive 5,850 doses of Pfizer a week. This amount has been confirmed for two weeks and we are hoping to see that amount continue throughout April and into May.” Bill Eekhof, Communications, HKPR told Kawartha 411 News. ” As well, we are expecting to receive 4,800 doses of Moderna next week with a hope that we may receive more Moderna in the coming weeks.”
At this time, there are no pharmacies or health care providers administering the AstraZeneca vaccine in our region.
The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit says they do not keep COVID-19 vaccine on hand. Any vaccine doses received are immediately allocated for use in the City of Kawartha Lakes, Haliburton County and Northumberland County.
“Currently, vaccines are being provided at mass immunization clinics in the area, although going forward, there may be more options to provide vaccines such as through pharmacies and doctors’ offices.” Eekhof said. “Typically, we learn on a weekly basis what our vaccine shipments will be. However, due to delivery issues or delays, there can be fluctuations between the number of vaccine doses we expect compared to what is actually received.”
The health unit will distribute future shipments of vaccines received based on priority groups to be vaccinated and the mass immunization clinics that are scheduled in the City of Kawartha Lakes, Haliburton County and Northumberland County. Ultimately they say their ability to provide vaccines is based on how much supply they receive each week.
HKPRDHU is following the provincial framework for COVID-19 vaccine administration. The Province has developed a vaccine distribution plan to guide the roll out of the COVID-19 vaccine. The plan features three phases with priority populations identified in each phase. We are currenting completing high-risk groups identified in Phase 1. For instance, last week, we completed vaccinations of residents, staff and essential caregivers in high-risk retirement homes.
This week, officials are moving into additional groups/settings identified in Phase 2, including homeless shelters and other high-risk congregate settings. Vaccines are also being provided through mass immunization clinics to older residents born in 1946 or earlier. More of these clinics – including the one in Fenelon Falls – will be opening in early April according to Eekhof.
“In future, HKPRDHU is also looking at other vaccination options, such as offering mobile and pop-up vaccination clinics as well a working with local EMS/paramedics to provide vaccines to people who are housebound.” Eekhof stated.
To book a vaccine go to: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/book-vaccine/ or call 1-888-999-6488.