COVID-19 Vaccine Finally Going Into Niagara, Ontario Arms

First 322 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered to long-term care residents and healthcare workers in Niagara

A News Release from Niagara Region Public Health and from Niagara Health, Niagara’s amalgamated system of hospitals

Posted January 14th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

Faber Baquero, a Personal Support Worker from Linhaven a long-term care home in St. Catharines, one of first to get vaccine in Niagara, Ontario. Photo courtesy of Niagara Health and Niagara Region Public Health

Niagara, Ontario – This past Wednesday, January 13th, Niagara Health (NH) and Niagara Region Public Health and Emergency Services (NRPH&ES) administered the first 322 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in the region.

Niagara Health vaccinated 108 long-term care home workers and 70 hospital staff and physicians. Meanwhile, NRPH&ES teams were deployed to two long-term care homes, one in St. Catharines and one in Fort Erie, vaccinating 144 residents and staff.

“This is a huge day for Niagara Health and our region. We’ve talked about wanting to see that light at the end of the tunnel, and it is finally here,” said Lynn Guerriero, President and Interim CEO of Niagara Health. 

“Today, we started vaccinating healthcare workers at highest risk of exposure to COVID-19 and vulnerable residents of long-term care and retirement homes.”

Danielle Smith, a hospital Nurse Practitioner who has worked in the St. Catharines Site. “I’ve never been more excited to get a needle,” she said. Photo courtesy of Niagara Health and Niagara Region Public Health

Niagara’s first recipient of the vaccine was Faber Baquero, a Personal Support Worker from Linhaven a long-term care home in St. Catharines who said he felt “great and blessed” to be getting the COVID-19 vaccine: “We need to keep our staff and residents safe.”

At the same time, Danielle Smith, a hospital Nurse Practitioner who has worked in the St. Catharines Site dedicated COVID unit from the beginning of the pandemic, was the first member of the Niagara Health team to receive the vaccine. “I’ve never been so excited about getting a needle. We have been at this for a while, and this is such a relief. I work with such a wonderful team, and it’s an honour to be the first to get the vaccine.”

Niagara plans to vaccinate 11,000 high-risk healthcare workers and vulnerable residents of long-term care and retirement homes over the next three weeks and will expand the rate of vaccination based on vaccine supply, and following the provincial risk-based framework.

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