Vaccine Clinic at PRHC to start administering first doses this week to immediate-priority populations
Peterborough, ON – Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC) is very pleased to announce that we have received our first shipment of 5,850 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.
The hospital’s COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic will ramp up this week, administering the vaccine to long-term care home employees and essential caregivers, community paramedics and highest-risk hospital healthcare workers, all of whom have been designated as immediate-priority populations by the Province of Ontario.
Between Wednesday, February 24 and Sunday, February 28, we expect to be able to offer up to 2500 vaccination appointments for these populations.
“Healthcare workers and first responders in our community have shown, and continue to show, an incredible amount of resilience and teamwork throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and we are thrilled to have this vaccine available for them,” said Dr. Lynn Mikula, EVP, Chief of Staff and Chief Medical Executive at PRHC. “We will work closely with Peterborough Public Health over the coming weeks to ensure that immediate and high-priority populations have access to the vaccine as quickly as possible.”
“It’s exciting to see our local vaccination rollout program gain traction with increasing supply so we can immunize high-priority groups,” said Dr. Rosana Salvaterra, Medical Officer of Health. “This will help us start to build a ring of protection around our most vulnerable residents – a critical goal as variants of concern arrive in our community.”
Staffed by hospital RNs and RPNs as well as physicians from PRHC and the Peterborough community, once up and running at full capacity, PRHC’s COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic will offer up to 700 vaccination appointments daily, seven (7) days a week, based on ongoing supply and demand.
Learn more about Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccination program and more about the rollout of the vaccine locally by visiting Peterborough Public Health’s website. Those who are eligible to receive the vaccine will be contacted directly through their employer to sign up for an appointment.
For more information:
Michelene Ough, Director, Communications, Peterborough Regional Health Centre, firstname.lastname@example.org
Brittany Cadence, Communications Manager, Peterborough Public Health, 705-743-1000, ext. 391