Vaccination of Algoma's population against COVID-19 is well underway.
The health unit has administered a total of 12,593 doses so far. Of those doses, 11,533 people received their first dose and 1,060 people are fully vaccinated in our region.
Currently, the Algoma region is in Phase 1 of Ontario's 3 Phase Program.
Here's who has been vaccinated of Tuesday:
- Residents of Algoma long-term care homes and First Nation elder care lodges have received first and second doses of COVID-19 vaccine. Overall, resident uptake of the two-dose COVID-19 vaccine is over 90 per cent
- All staff and essential caregivers of Algoma long-term care homes and retirement homes have been offered immunization, and any remaining people in this group will continue to be eligible for immunization
- Highest priority health care workers, both hospital-based, and community based, have begun to receive immunization, and will continue to be offered immunization in the coming weeks.
- Adults aged 80 and over have begun to receive immunization, and will continue to be offered immunization in the coming weeks.
- Indigenous adults aged 55 and over have begun to receive immunization, as well as priority groups in First Nation communities across Algoma. Indigenous priority groups will continue to be offered immunization in the coming weeks.
According to the health unit, residents of long-term care homes, retirement homes, and elder care lodges will continue to receive vaccine at 21 to 28-day intervals.
APH advises that they expect to start vaccinating the following provincial priority groups in the weeks of March 22 and 29:
- Very high priority health care workers, both hospital-based and community-based
- Adult recipients of chronic home care, including those who are homebound
- Immediate household members of Indigenous adults aged 55 and over, regardless of status or Indigenous identity
The health unit also says that planning is underway for mobile immunization teams for those who are homebound or receive chronic home care and cannot make it to a clinic.
In a press release issued today, APH reminds residents to continue to follow public health recommendations even if you have received the COVID-19 vaccine, as majority of community members have yet to complete their doses.
For more information on vaccine eligibility, upcoming clinics, and immunization for homebound residents, click here.