More specific EOHU COVID-19 vaccine timeline to be released

(Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

CORNWALL – The region’s medical officer of health says projected timelines for when people can expect to get a COVID-19 vaccine will be released today (Friday).

And the health unit expects to branch out, inoculating people in the community within weeks.

Speaking with reporters Thursday, Dr. Paul Roumeliotis says they will be starting into vaccinations in age brackets by the end of the month. The first group is the 80-plus category.

He says they are going to have “multiple” locations for mass vaccinations but did not share any specific locations saying that they are still “identifying sites.”

The health unit received more Pfizer vaccine Wednesday which are being used for second doses at long-term care and retirement homes.

“Now with more vaccine…we’re actually going to now go to the expanded list of Phase 1, which is the 80 year old age group as soon as we finish the retirement homes and long-term care homes…certainly by the end of this month,” Roumeliotis said.

Next up are essential workers and Roumeliotis says it will be a matter of “weeks rather than months” before the numbers of shots in arms greatly expands.

“It’s a very robust exercise that our staff are doing and our staff are taking it very seriously and are fully devoted to getting the vaccine out as soon as possible as soon as it’s available and to as many people as possible.”

The health unit received three trays of Pfizer vials this week (approximately 3,300 doses), and is expecting four trays next week and three trays the week after.

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