Barrie long-term-care worker to receive first COVID-19 vaccine shot in Simcoe-Muskoka Dec. 22

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The first Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in Simcoe-Muskoka will be given to a Barrie long-term-care worker Dec. 22.

A Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) nurse will administer the first vaccine to Lori Black, a Barrie-based personal services worker on the front line caring for vulnerable seniors at Victoria Village long-term-care home.

She is among the first priority group to be immunized by invitation only in the first phase of the rollout at the COVID-19 immunization clinic.

The vaccine will not be broadly available to the general public until sometime later in 2021, and it is expected it will take another six to nine months to immunize all Ontarians who opt to get the vaccine, a health unit media release says.

The SMDHU is leading the historic and complex immunization rollout across Simcoe County and the District of Muskoka.

Rick Vanderlinde, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Barrie Advance