As of December 22, more than 1,000 local healthcare workers have been vaccinated against COVD-19 in the Waterloo region, and now the region’s designated clinic at Grand River Hospital (GRH) is increasing its operations until seven days a week.
With the call to increase functioning from five days a week to seven days, GRH reached out to local volunteers to help staff the clinic.
The response has been positive, as the hospital has received more volunteers than needed to support the clinic’s expansion.
In a statement, the region’s task force said the expansion would also come as more doses of the Pfizer vaccine are expected to arrive in January, which will help thousands more healthcare workers receive an inoculation in the weeks to come.
Meanwhile, the region’s immunization task force is also gearing up for the arrival of the Moderna vaccine next month.
While initial quantities of vaccine were expected to be limited, the working group plans to continue its distribution, including establishing mobile vaccination teams to help administer to long-term care and nursing homes. retirement.
Local rollout follows Ontario’s phased immunization plan, which focuses primarily on priority populations.
The first phase will focus on healthcare workers, essential caregivers, long-term residents and retirement homes, First Nations communities, and urban Indigenous people.
The second phase will give priority to the vaccination of collective care facilities and people aged 70 and over.
Finally, a larger vaccination program is expected to be launched in July with more details on how people can get the vaccines.
More details are available on the working group website.
With files from Nathan Shubert