27- or 28-day wait for Pfizer booster shots at local nursing homes, Roumeliotis estimates

Natascha Wood
Nation Valley News

EASTERN ONTARIO — There has been a slight decrease in new COVID-19 cases for Eastern Ontario, said Medical Officer Dr Paul Roumeliotis in his media briefing yesterday (January 21st). However, while this bodes well for the future, the region is still clearly in the Red-Control Zone.

Eastern Ontario has seen an increase of 96 cases since Monday (January 18th), bringing the cumulative total of people infected since the beginning of the pandemic to 2,297. 44 of those cases were added since yesterday—12 in Prescott-Russell, 11 in SD&G, 14 in Cornwall, and 7 in Akwesasne Northern Portion. 23 people infected with COVID-19 are currently hospitalized, with 6 in the ICU. 

Currently, there are 15 outbreaks across the region: Tsiionkwanonhso:te Long Term Care Home, Sandfield Place LTC, Lancaster Long Term Care, Woodland Villa, Glen Stor Dun Lodge, Maxville Manor, Foyer St-Viateur Nursing Home, Heritage Heights, Riverview Manor, Caressant Care Nursing Home, Heritage Lodge, St-Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre (Complex Care side), Foyer St Jacques Nursing Home, Chartwell Chateau Cornwall, and JMP2 2500 & 2600 Pods in the Cornwall Community Hospital.

An outbreak at Baldwin House in Cornwall was reported yesterday, while the outbreak at Villa St-Albert was officially declared over. Roumeliotis confirmed an additional case at Tim Hortons in Winchester, though there had been no exposure to the public. 

In some good news, there have been no new deaths recorded in the last three days, the EOHU received three or four new rapid testing devices, and 1,561 people have received their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine. Of course, the caveat is that there will be no delivery of the Pfizer vaccine next week and deliveries in the next four weeks will be cut in half. This comes after Pfizer announced it will be modifying its facility in Puurs, Belgium to increase yearly capacity.

The curtailing of these deliveries will mean that those who received their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine will likely have to wait longer than the recommended 21 days for the second dose; Roumeliotis estimated 27 or 28 days at this point. Despite this setback, the doctor explained that he expects there to be an abundance of vaccines by the end of February. That is no reason for complacency though, he warned. 


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