Windsor-Essex expected to receive supply of Moderna vaccine as scheduled

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The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit says it's expecting to receive a fresh supply of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine despite the announcement of delays for the Canadian supply.

The health unit had been expecting to receive a second batch of the vaccine this week to continue to provide second doses of vaccine to residents in long-term care homes.

"We do have confirmation that it's coming but it has not arrived yet," said WECHU CEO and Chief Nursing Officer Theresa Marentette said at a briefing on Wednesday.

On Friday, Moderna announced it was reducing deliveries to Canada by 20 to 25 per cent in February.

A shipment to Canada this week was expected to contain 180,000 doses, about 50,000 less than promised.

So far, second doses of the Moderna vaccine have been administered at eight Windsor-Essex long-term care homes, with shots scheduled at three additional facilities on Wednesday, Marentette said.

All of the region's retirement homes have also received initial doses of the vaccine.