The Northwestern Health Unit says they've completed the first vaccination for all long-term care residents in the province who wanted one.

“I am happy to report that all eligible residents of local Long-Term Care Homes who wanted to get their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine were able to do so,” says Dr. Kit Young Hoon, who is the medical officer of health leading the vaccination program for the health unit.

“Across the province, COVID-19 infections in this vulnerable population have shown to be quite severe, and it is reassuring that they now have some protection against the COVID-19 virus,” said  Young Hoon.

The health unit expects that all residents should receive their second dose of the vaccine within the acceptable timelines. Queen's Park acknowledged earlier today it still had some vaccinations to complete, before all residents of long-term care in the province had received their first doses.

At this time, health unit staff don't have further information on which priority group will be next for the vaccine roll-out in the area.

“We will continue to follow provincial guidance regarding priority groups and will share that information with the public when we have it,” said the medical officer of health.

As of yesterday's deadline, more than 400,000 doses of the vaccine had been administered.

The province says 600,000 doses will be available this month, and another 1.2 million next month. The first phase of Ontario's vaccination program also includes staff and essential caregivers for seniors, health care workers and Indigenous communities.

The province's rollout program has had to adapt to changing conditions, as there were delays in the supply of vaccine doses.

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Getting a COVID-19 vaccine in Ontario