Task Force Shares Recommendations To Speed Up COVID 19 Vaccine Rollout

At its April 8 meeting, the task force received updates on changes to vaccine eligibility, which have changed rapidly in the last several days and weeks, including:

  • March 22 - Expanded booking to 75 years and older
  • March 26 - Announced Toronto would move to 70 years and older the following day
  • March 28 - Announced 11 additional Public Health Unit areas to move to 70 years and older the following day
  • March 30 - National Advisory Committee on Immunization recommends that AstraZeneca should not be used in adults under 55 years of age pending further investigation
  • April 6 - Official announcement of being in Phase 2
  • April 7 - 60 years and older opened on provincial booking system

Within the provincial updates, we have seen the province move very quickly through the age cohorts. This happened much faster than previously indicated within provincial timelines. These rapid changes show the importance of Niagara remaining nimble and responsive in our vaccine rollout plans.

Public Health also provided some clarity regarding the Province’s recent announcement of prioritized vaccines for certain postal code-based hotspots throughout the province, including one in Niagara Falls.

The task force also highlighted the positive work of come of our community partners. These included the first dedicated clinic day for a priority population in Niagara - a clinic serving with the developmental sector at Niagara Health’s Seymour-Hannah clinic - as well as a vaccination pilot program for migrant farm workers in Niagara.

Since last week, the decision to vaccinate child care and education workers has gathered some significant media attention, and has been a catalyst for more discussion about the value in prioritizing education workers. Being the first public health area in the province to prioritize teachers has led Niagara to be seen as a leader and ahead of the curve.

The further prioritization of more essential workers for vaccination as part of Phase 2 of the provincial framework was identified as a further area of focus at the task force’s weekly meetings in April.

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