Leadership with the Lake of the Woods District Hospital are still waiting to hear on when they’ll receive doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.

President and CEO, Ray Racette, says it can be a frustrating situation but staff are staying prepared for whatever scenario takes place.

“I wish it was tomorrow; that’s our challenge. We’re fully-ready to vaccinate our staff. We know we’re not going to get enough to vaccinate everyone at once, but we’re prepared to do it big or small; depending on what supply we get. But it’s frustrating not to know.”

Racette adds he’s pleased to see all residents of local long-term care homes have received their first dose of the vaccine and the next step will be to vaccinate their staff before additional healthcare workers, First Nation communities and those most at-risk.

“We’re still in a good place. When we get the vaccine we will certainly administer it and we’ve done all of our planning for that.”

Racette cites the Northwestern Health Unit’s recent statements about how many recent cases of COVID-19 have come from informal gatherings of people getting together with those outside of their household and people need to continue following all public health measures.

“Our communities have done a terrific job but we’re not out of the woods, yet, and we’re certainly not vaccinated, yet. We know people are tired and exhausted from COVID-19 but we’re still in the second wave of the pandemic."

Ontario says mass vaccinations for phase two of the rollout program is expected in April, May and June and will focus on the elderly, frontline workers, and those most at-risk. The third phase (the remainder of the population), is expected in the summer.

“We just want to remind people to remain vigilant. This is not past us. We have several months to go before everyone’s vaccinated. “Follow the guidelines, it’s certainly helped us so far. We need to keep doing what works. We can get through this,” finished Racette.

If you have COVID-19 symptoms, or have been in contact with a suspected or confirmed case of the virus, you’re asked to self-isolate, get tested immediately, and remain in isolation until your test results are known, and you receive further direction from public health staff.

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