Algoma Public Health delivering vaccine to long-term care facilities

It was a day for the history books in the Algoma District yesterday.
The Algoma Public Health agency has delivered its first vaccines.

Medical officer of health, Dr. Jennifer Loo says the agency received the first shipment of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for the Algoma District this week.

Larry Grekula, a resident of the Ontario Finnish Rest Home in Sault Ste. Marie, had the honour of the first dose yesterday afternoon.

Dr. Loo says the arrival of the vaccine is great news for the district and helps build another strong layer of protection around long-term care residents.

As further vaccine arrives the agency will work with all long-term care facilities in the district to provide first doses to over 1,000 residents over the next two weeks with the second dose to be administered 28 days later.

After the much-anticipated arrival of the vaccine in Greater Sudbury, Public Health Sudbury & Districts has announced that COVID-19 vaccines were provided to residents at Pioneer Manor, Extendicare York, and Extendicare Falconbridge yesterday.

The residents of the three long-term care homes were offered the Moderna COVID-19 vaccination.


PHOTO: The first resident of Algoma received the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine today at 1:04 p.m. He is a resident of the Ontario Finnish Rest Home (Mauno Kaihla Koti). He has been a resident of MKK since 2006 and is the chair of the residents’ council. “The vaccine means happiness, I am happy to get it and it is a start for the country to get back to normal … it feels good to be a part of making history!” Photo provided by Algoma Public Health


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