NGH receives first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines locally

To The Haldimand Press

Norfolk General Hospital and the Haldimand Norfolk Health Unit have received the first shipment of the Health Canada approved Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.

“Today is a very historic day for our hospital and a huge step forward in how our region will combat against Covid-19,” said NGH & WHGH President and CEO Lucy Bonanno. “We hope this marks the beginning of the end of a difficult time for our hospital and the communities we serve. We look forward to working with our hospital partners on getting this historic project off the ground and we hope it will have a positive impact.”

According to the prioritization framework determined by the Province, vaccinations will first be provided to those most at risk: residents of long-term care facilities and health care providers who are working in higher risk settings.

While Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccination roll-out is being organized by the province, hospital and health unit staff will work closely with long-term care providers to ensure vaccinations are successfully administered.

The first clinic will not be open to the general public. Those identified to receive the first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine will be contacted.

Clinic planning is underway based on provincial guidelines. The details will be released when available.

“The vaccination of our community’s most at-risk individuals is a positive step, but it does not mean that the pandemic is over,” said Medical Officer of Health Dr. Shanker Nesathurai. “Until a significant proportion of people have been immunized against COVID-19, it remains critical that we all remain vigilant against the spread of the virus. Continue to stay home unless there is a compelling reason to leave the house. Wear a mask when you must go out, and wash your hands frequently.”

Learn more about Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccination plan at covid-19.ontario.ca/covid-19-vaccines-ontario.

Update

Residents, staff at Norview Lodge receive COVID-19 vaccinations – January 13, 2021

Residents and staff at Norview Lodge long-term care facility in Simcoe have received the area’s first doses of COVID-19 vaccine.

Haldimand Norfolk Health Unit nurses and Norfolk County paramedics delivered the vaccinations as part of the first phase of the region’s vaccination roll-out.

“It’s hard to put what this day means into words,” says Bill Nolan, Norview’s Administrator. “Without the hard work and dedication of our team and the support from our community, this would not have been possible. To see our residents and staff get vaccinated – it’s amazing.”

According to the prioritization framework determined by the Province, vaccinations will first be provided to those most at risk: residents of long-term care facilities and health care providers who are working in higher risk settings.

While Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccination roll-out is being organized by the province, hospital and health unit staff will work closely with long-term care providers to ensure vaccinations are successfully administered at facilities in both Haldimand and Norfolk in the coming days. 

“This is a day we’ve long been waiting for, and while it doesn’t mean the pandemic is over, it does represent a significant turning point in our battle against the virus,” says Mayor Kristal Chopp, chair of the Haldimand Norfolk Board of Health. “We still have a long road to travel, but these initial vaccinations will go a long way to ensuring some of our community’s most vulnerable members are protected against COVID-19.”

Vaccines are safe, effective and the best way to protect against serious illnesses like COVID-19.

Vaccines work with your immune system so your body will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed. This can reduce your risk of developing COVID-19 and make your symptoms milder if you do get it.

Update

Residents, staff at Grandview Lodge receive COVID-19 vaccinations – January 14, 2021

Grandview Lodge Administrator Jennifer Jacob sent out the following message to the home’s residents and family members:

It is with great pleasure and optimism that I inform you that today each consenting Resident will receive their first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine.

Grandview Lodge staff will be administering the vaccine in collaboration with Haldimand Norfolk Public Health Unit and Haldimand County EMS.  Dr. Kamouna, Medical Director Grandview Lodge and Dr. Ezzat, Attending Physician Grandview Lodge will also be visiting the home.

All consenting staff will also have an opportunity for vaccination today.

Grandview Lodge has established a process for the safe administration of the vaccine, observation post administration and transparent reporting of our outcomes.

I hope you can appreciate the amount of activity, monitoring and documentation that accompanies this momentous health care intervention and for this reason I would ask that general inquiries and requests be delayed until the following day. I want to assure all family members that they will be notified in the event of an adverse reaction. Keep in mind that with any type of intramuscular injection pain/soreness and/or stiffness is expected and will not be reported.

This is a very exciting day for Grandview Lodge. Once again we could not have done it without the participation and support of our staff, residents and family.

Feeling grateful and hopeful,

Jennifer

 

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