Vaccinations have now been conducted at all Toronto long-term care homes
A man takes a walk outside the Seven Oaks Long-Term Care Home in Toronto on Thursday, June 25, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
Published Friday, January 15, 2021 11:55AM EST
Last Updated Friday, January 15, 2021 4:43PM EST
Residents, staff and essential caregivers at all 87 of Toronto’s long-term care homes have now had the opportunity to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, one week ahead of schedule.
The Ford government had set a goal of vaccinating all residents, health-care workers and essential caregivers in long-term care homes in Toronto, Peel, York and Windsor-Essex by Jan. 21.
The Ministry of Health, however, now confirms that the initial vaccinations at all long-term care homes in Toronto and Windsor-Essex are now complete.
They say that so far a total of 53,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to healthcare workers in long-term care homes and retirement homes and another 21,000 have been administered to residents.
“Another exciting milestone in our vaccine rollout: all long-term care homes in Toronto have been vaccinated, almost a week earlier than our goal of January 21st. Thank you to #TeamVaccine for expediting this important work to protect our most vulnerable and frontline heroes,” Health Minister Christine Elliott wrote in a message posted to Twitter.
In a separate news release, the city said more than 10,322 residents and 2,893 staff and essential givers of long-term care homes have been vaccinated with the Modena vaccine. That is in addition to the staff and caregivers who receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in hospital clinics.
“I’m proud that by working together with our hospital partners, Toronto Public Health and City staff, we’ve been able to vaccinate the majority of residents and essential workers in long-term care homes across Toronto well ahead of the provincial deadline,” Mayor John Tory said in a statement.
The province has administered more than 174,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine as of Thursday.
They hope to have given at least a first dose of the vaccine to every long-term care resident and staff member by Feb. 15.
It should be noted that the province will still have to administer second doses to the vast majority of long-term care residents and staff in Toronto.