First COVID-19 vaccines administered to Long-Term Home Care Residents in Durham Region

Posted on Thursday January 07, 2021
Ruth Smith, daughter  Dorothy Nancarrow, Resident  Krystle Luu, RN  Danielle Whittle, RN

Lakeridge Health gives first vaccines to residents of Orchard Villa Long-Term Care & Retirement Home and Sunnycrest Nursing Home

Pickering, ON – Today, Lakeridge Health gave the first COVID-19 vaccines to long-term care and retirement home residents living in Orchard Villa. Lakeridge Health is one of 19 Ontario hospitals providing COVID-19 vaccines in Phase One of Ontario’s three-phase vaccine implementation plan.

The first long-term care home resident to receive the vaccine was Dorothy Nancarrow. Originally from Stayly Bridge, United Kingdom, Dorothy came to Canada to raise her family in British Columbia before moving to Ontario in the mid-1960’s. Dorothy has lived in Orchard Villa Long-Term Care Home for the last three years.

“I feel grateful to receive the COVID-19 vaccine,” said Dorothy Nancarrow, Resident Orchard Villa Long-Term Care and Retirement Home. “I know it will help keep my family and myself safe.”

“The collaboration among our provincial and regional health partners in coordinating and delivering the much-anticipated COVID-19 vaccine has enabled Lakeridge Health to make good progress in distributing the vaccine to priority populations in Durham Region,” said Cynthia Davis, President and CEO, Lakeridge Health. “We are particularly pleased to offer residents of Orchard Villa vaccines today, given the extensive support our teams have provided to this home over the past several months.”

“It is heartening to know that residents at Orchard Villa are among the first to receive the vaccine,” said, Peter Bethlenfalvy, MPP Pickering Uxbridge. “We are turning the corner on the fight with COVID-19 by ensuring that our most vulnerable citizens and our frontline healthcare heroes are vaccinated and healthy.”

Another pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic will make its way to Sunnycrest Nursing Home tomorrow.

“Administering the first vaccines to our loved ones, and those who care for them, is the beginning of the light at the end of the tunnel we’ve all been waiting for,” said Lorne Coe, MPP Whitby. “These vaccinations represent hope, and as we continue to quickly rollout the first phase of Ontario’s vaccine distribution, we look forward to receiving more doses from the Federal government.”


For more information, contact:
Sharon Navarro, Lakeridge Health