Local health unit immunizes long-term care residents throughout Simcoe-Muskoka in less than a week

Everyone who was eligible and wanted the shot, got it; over 3,500 residents in 30 homes

Every long-term care (LTC) home resident in Simcoe-Muskoka who was eligible and wanted one, has received a COVID-19 vaccine.

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) reported Tuesday it has inoculated 3,545 people across 30 LTC homes through the use of mobile vaccination teams. The task took less than a week.

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“This is a significant milestone in our immunization roll-out plan,” said Dr. Charles Gardner, medical officer of health for the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit. “By vaccinating residents of long-term care homes and residents in retirement homes we are taking another important and critical step in the fight against COVID-19. Getting the vaccine to those who need it most as quickly as possible will save lives.”

With a delay in shipments of the Pfizer vaccine due to retooling at the drug maker’s plant Gardner says the rollout of vaccine to retirement homes in Simcoe-Muskoka may be delayed. Gardner was hoping to complete that process over the next ten days followed by other priority groups including Indigenous communities and healthcare workers.