With a limited supply of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines in Ontario and no new doses being delivered this week, Ontario is changing its strategy and prioritizing getting first doses to residents in long-term care, high-risk retirement homes, and First Nations elder care homes ahead of workers and essential caregivers by February 5, 10 days sooner than planned, depending on supply.
"It's about choosing in the short term to give more people protection from dose one instead of giving some people full protection and leaving others with none", she said.
"This weekend, unfortunately, we received additional information about holdups to the supply of the Pfizer vaccine that we were expecting to receive in the next few weeks", B.C.'s top doctor said.
Doses of the Moderna vaccine will be reallocated to 14 public health units to ensure vaccines are administered at each long-term care home in the province.
Out of the 1,711 O'Brien County residents who have tested positive for COVID-19, 1,526 of them have recovered, for a recovery rate of about 89%.
Appointments for health care workers are invitation only.
Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Williams made the comment during a briefing on Monday, hours after the Ministry of Health reported 1,958 new COVID-19 cases and 43 more deaths.
"That's about eight per 100,000", Henry said.
The health and safety of our communities remains our top priority and we urge our federal and provincial partners to aid in sick pay.
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There were no new cases in Lyon or O'Brien counties, two in Sioux County, and one in Osceola County.
"Public health is doing backward contact tracing trying to determine where they may have acquired their infections".
Dr. Blumberg also stated that the COVID-19 vaccine is not a shot in the dark.
The first case of COVID-19 was identified in Ontario on January 25, 2020, and the rapid spread of the virus was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization in March.
"While the end of the pandemic is in sight, thanks to the availability of vaccines, the threat is not over".
The Health Department reports deaths as "COVID-19-related" not "COVID-19-only" deaths - meaning that other comorbidities may have been at play, but that the coronavirus was a factor in the person dying, Jarrell explained.
The B.C. Centre for Disease Control's "after care sheet" for the COVID-19 vaccine notes that some people may wish to wait longer - around 30 minutes - if there are concerns about a possible allergic reaction.
This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook and Canadian Press News Fellowship.