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​First COVID-19 vaccine doses arrive in Brant

January 12, 2021

BRANTFORD, ON – With the arrival of the first shipment of COVID-19 vaccine for Brant, a vaccination clinic led by the Brant County Health Unit and Brant Community Healthcare System (BCHS) has been scheduled for tomorrow, January 13.

The COVID-19 vaccine will be given to a small group of front-line long-term care workers, with mobile vaccination clinics 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.

"This is an important day for the local response to COVID-19 in Brant," said Dr. Elizabeth Urbantke, Acting Medical Officer of Health at the Brant County Health Unit. "While it will take time to the complete vaccination program rollout, this is a significant milestone for us."    

Together with the all provincial medical officers of health, hospital CEOs and retired General Rick Hillier, the Government of Ontario has stressed that the initial phase of the provincial vaccine roll-out will be focused primarily on the vaccination of residents, staff and essential caregivers in long-term care and high-risk retirement homes.

"Our first priority is to ensure residents and staff at these homes get the vaccine first," said Dr. David McNeil, President & CEO of BCHS. "Once the priority individuals have been vaccinated, we will begin vaccinating those individuals in the remaining priority groups outlined in the provincial plan."

Vaccinations for individuals and groups not included on the government priority list are expected to become available sometime in the spring of this year.

The Brant County Health Unit will begin posting daily data on COVID-19 vaccine administration on its COVID-19 Dashboard beginning Thursday, January 14 to help the community follow the progress related to Brant's overall vaccine rollout.

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.