The provincial government has provided direction today to all hospitals and public health units in Ontario to pause administration of all first doses of vaccine, except for residents of long-term care homes and high-risk retirement homes. This interim direction is in response to this week’s news of reductions in supply of the Pfizer vaccine. The provincial government is directing that scheduled second dose vaccinations proceed at this time.
The change in scheduling of first doses will take place effective end of day today (Wednesday, Jan. 20). This means appointments scheduled for Thursday and Friday of this week will be postponed and rebooked on a priority basis. We’ll provide updates on the status of the schedule for appointments booked for Saturday and beyond once we have additional details from the province.
We will share updates as we receive information.
Steven Gallagher, Communications Specialist
Niagara Region Public Health
Meredith Maxwell, Manager, Public Health Communications & Engagement
905-688-8248, ext. 7476