COVID-19 Vaccine Information

COVID-19 Vaccine Information Page

Last Updated: January 19, 2020

Update on COVID-19 Vaccines in Durham Region

On January 15, 2021, the Canadian Government advised that Pfizer-BioNTech will temporarily reduce deliveries from its European manufacturing facility to all countries receiving its COVID-19 vaccine.

The change in supply will see deliveries reduced for Canada in the coming weeks. Lakeridge Health will continue to offer first doses of the vaccine to priority populations as directed by the Ontario Government: Long Term Care and Retirement Home residents, staff and essential caregivers, as well as high risk Lakeridge Healthcare team members. Distribution of all other first doses to priority populations are paused until further notice.

Everyone within those priority populations who have received a first dose will receive a second dose, however the period between the two may vary. In some cases, a second dose will be scheduled or rescheduled for a date beyond the original 21-day appointment schedule.

Delays in second doses are not anticipated to be for a period longer than 30 days. The delayed schedule is consistent with direction from Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health.

As this is an evolving situation, Lakeridge Health continues to evaluate the incoming vaccine allocation and will offer vaccines based on available supply, based on provincial guidelines. Updates related to the vaccine, including the timing of a public rollout can be found online at the Ministry of Health and Public Health.

Ask Dr. Dan - COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ (video series)

Our popular “Ask Dr. Dan” video series is back! This time Dr. Dan Ricciuto, Chief and Medical Director, Quality and Patient Experience, answers some of the most common questions about the COVID-19 vaccine.

Click below to learn more.

Visit our COVID-19 vaccine YouTube video series page 

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