The Grey Bruce Health Unit confirms that the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine has been given to all residents, staff, and essential caregivers (who consented to the vaccine) in all 19 long-term care and seven high-risk retirement homes in Grey Bruce.
In Saugeen Shores, the Southampton Care Centre staff and essential caregivers received their Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on Saturday, February 20th from a team of Public Health nurses and EMS services. Some 90 people were vaccinated.
“We were all very happy to come into work on Saturday to oversee our staff and some Essential Caregivers to receive the Pfizer Covid 19 vaccine,” says Andrea Prentice, Resident & Family Services & Volunteer Co-ordinator.
The Care Centre has been successful in managing to keep COVID-19 out of the long-term care home to date.
The first round of vaccine to the residents, caregivers and staff ensures a significant milestone in preventing transmission of the COVID-19 virus in settings where the risk of complications can be serious.
According to the Grey Bruce Health Unit, those who were first to get their vaccine in January have received their second dose, and it is anticipated that a sufficient supply to ensure the second dose for ALL residents, staff and essential caregivers will be received within recommended dosing schedules.
To date 3,759 doses of the vaccine have been administered, putting Grey Bruce on schedule to move through the province’s framework for vaccine administration.