Vaccine delay to cause hold-ups in Durham delivery

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Amid the rush to get all those eligible vaccinated, Canada is currently facing a COVID-19 vaccine shortage.

Over the past few weeks, the federal government has repeatedly said that, despite its efforts to push out the vaccine, there just isn't enough serum to go around. As Ontario is holding back the required second doses of those already partially vaccinated, most vaccination centres have already closed, or will be closing soon, as more vaccine shipments are awaited.

Further hampering the vaccine roll-out, the Pfizer production facility in Belgium is undergoing upgrades over the next four weeks, and Canada was told last Friday that vaccine delivery will be cut in half over the next month.

Prime Minister Trudeau said the decision was "out of our hands" but that the temporary shortage would reportedly not affect Canada's long-term goal to have every Canadian vaccinated by the end of September.

By Cosmos print time on Tuesday, Ontario had administered 295,817 doses of the COVID vaccination, with over 83,000 Canadians fully vaccinated against the virus.

Ontario continues to be in the first phase of the provincial vaccine roll-out plan, with the goal of vaccinating all health care workers in hospitals, long-term care homes and retirement homes, other congregate care settings and remote Indigenous communities.

Durham Region hit a vaccine milestone early this week by passing 15,000 vaccinations administered in the region. A representative from Lakeridge Health Centre said that vaccination roll out had ramped up considerably since Christmas, also noting that residents at all 19 long-term care homes in the region have now been vaccinated.

For those in Uxbridge wondering when the general public will have access to the vaccine, a team of doctors and medical professionals are working to ensure that the community is fully prepared for when supply becomes available.

Justyne Edgell, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Uxbridge Cosmos