First COVID-19 Vaccine Administered in Brant
January 13, 2021
BRANTFORD, ON - Linda Dunham received Brant's first COVID-19 vaccine at Brantford General Hospital today.
Dunham is an infection control nurse at Hardy Terrace Long-term Care Home in Brantford. She was one of 14 staff from Hardy Terrace Long-term Care Home who were vaccinated at Brant's first COVID-19 immunization clinic. In total, 54 individuals were administered the COVID-19 vaccine at this clinic. All of those vaccinated were part of the current priority populations identified by the Province.
Dunham stated that receiving the COVID-19 vaccine today will go a long way in protecting some of Brant's most vulnerable.
"It feels great, especially to do my part to protect other people," said Dunham. "I work with the most vulnerable and I think protecting myself will help protect others."
Mobile vaccination clinics are scheduled to begin January 14 for long-term care homes in Brant to vaccinate residents and staff on-site.
This group has been placed at the top of the Ontario government's Vaccine Distribution Implementation Plan and is receiving top priority for the COVID-19 vaccine. Individuals who fall within the current priority populations identified by the Province will be contacted by the Health Unit or through their employer when the COVID-19 vaccine can be offered to them.
Vaccinations for individuals and groups not included on the Province's priority list are expected to become available sometime in the spring of this year.
The Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines were authorized by Health Canada after a thorough and independent review determined they met stringent safety, efficacy and quality requirements. Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada will continue to closely monitor the safety of the vaccine as more Canadians get vaccinated.
To learn more about COVID-19, how you can protect yourself and what to do if you suspect you may be at risk, please visit www.bchu.org/coronavirus or visit Ontario's website to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19.