First phase of P. E.I. vaccine strategy on track despite shipment slowdown

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CHARLOTTETOWN — Prince Edward Island says it's on track to complete the first phase of its COVID-19 vaccination plan despite delivery delays of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

Chief public health officer Dr. Heather Morrison said today the province still expects residents and staff of long-term care homes along with front-line health workers to receive two vaccine doses by Feb. 16.

Morrison says the province won't be receiving a shipment of the Pfizer vaccine this week but says deliveries will resume next week.

As of Saturday, 7,117 doses of vaccine had been administered, 1,892 of which were second doses.

Morrison says she will release details later this week on how the province will fast track the vaccine rollout to registered rotational workers, truck drivers and to people over 80 years old.

The province is reporting zero new cases of COVID-19 today and says it has six active reported cases.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 26, 2021.

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