The plan is designed to be ‘flexible and adaptive’ in order to respond to the fluctuation of dose availability and timeline adjustments by the province, and will eventually feature a number of means of distributing vaccines to Hamilton residents.
Today, Dr. Elizabeth Richardson, Medical Officer of Health, presented the local COVID-19 vaccine plan to the City of Hamilton’s Board of Health Committee.
— City of Hamilton (@cityofhamilton) February 19, 2021
These include up to five large-scale vaccine clinics – including the one opening at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton’s West 5th Campus in early March – as well as mobile and pop-up clinics including facility clinics, mobile clinics, and drive-through clinics.
Hamilton public health partners are continuing to vaccinate residents who fall into Phase One of the Ontario government’s COVID-19 vaccination framework, with a total of 26,738 doses administered as of February 19th and roughly 10,000 of those being people who have received both required doses of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.
As of right now, the eligible populations receiving their first and second doses include residents in long-term care and higher risk retirement facilities, staff in those same facilities, and healthcare workers.
Within the next 2-3 weeks, further populations will be eligible for their vaccines including adults over the age of 80, further staff and residents of retirement homes, further healthcare workers in the ‘High Priority’ level based on Ministry of Health guidelines, all Indigenous adults, and adults receiving chronic home care.
Those who fall under these categories will be able to register and book an appointment for their vaccine in the coming weeks, following the guidelines available through the city website.
Mayor Fred Eisenberger has expressed that everyone who wants to get the COVID-19 vaccine should have access to it by the end of 2021; a projection somewhat at odds with the federal government’s insistence that widely-available vaccines will be available by September.
“Every resident of Hamilton should be able to access a vaccine and that is what our teams are working towards with our local COVID-19 vaccine plan,” said Mayor Eisenberger.
“I encourage everyone in Hamilton to be ready for their turn to be vaccinated as with every vaccine dose administered, the light at the end of the tunnel gets a bit brighter. The collaboration between Hamilton Public Health Services, Hamilton health partners and other community partners to implement this vaccine plan is a testament to our dedication in protecting the health and wellbeing of all Hamilton residents.”
Read more about Hamilton’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout plan on the city website.