85-year-old Elder Eunice Fiddler is doing well after receiving northwestern Ontario’s first COVID-19 vaccine, west of Thunder Bay.

Staff with Sioux Lookout’s Meno Ya Win Health Centre administered the Moderna vaccine at the William A. George Extended Care facility earlier this morning to Fiddler, who was joined by her daughter, Margaret Beardy, SLMHC Interpreter Tom Chapman and RPN Team Lead, Andrea McWatters, who administered the vaccine.

The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine arrived in Sioux Lookout earlier this week, making it the first city in the Northwestern Health Unit’s catchment area to receive either vaccine.

It’s currently unclear how many doses have been received, but hospital leadership have said chronic-care patients and all hospital staff will receive the first doses, in addition to residents and staff of the William A. George Extended Care Facility.

Staff would later confirm that about 40 staff were successfully vaccinated later in the day. 

The Moderna vaccine is one of two vaccines that have been approved by Health Canada, and is expected to distributed to rural regions of the country due to its easier travel and storage requirements, compared to the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine.

As of the time of writing, Northwestern Health Unit’s has reported 205 cases of COVID-19, with 22 active cases in the Kenora area and 16 active cases in the Rainy River region.

The province of Ontario reported 3,519 new cases of COVID-19, a new single-day record, on Thursday.

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