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92 per cent of Ottawa long-term care residents already have first COVID-19 vaccine dose

Mayor Jim Watson says that despite delays in delivery of the vaccine, Ottawa's homes are seeing "significant progress."
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Despite the current shortage of new COVID-19 vaccine shipments, Mayor Jim Watson say “significant progress” has been made in the city’s long-term care homes.

“We are pleased with the progress we’re making with the administration of the vaccine to those in our community who are most at risk of contracting COVID-19,” he said. “More than 92 per cent of long-term care home residents have received their first dose of the vaccine, and 100 per cent of the long-term care homes have been visited at least once.”

As for second doses, Anthony Di Monte, general manager of emergency and protective services, says the city will be mirroring the process for originally vaccinating residents and staff in long-term care homes.

He adds that the first second doses will be administered over the course of 11 days, starting next Friday.

According to Dr. Vera Etches, not many of the vaccinations in the city have risen adverse events following immunizations.

Ottawa, as well as the rest of Canada, will be experiencing a slower vaccine rollout in the coming days.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he remains confident in Canada's vaccine supplies despite threats from Europe that it might impose export controls on vaccines produced on that continent.

Speaking to reporters outside his Ottawa residence Tuesday morning, Trudeau said the situation in Europe is worrisome but he is "very confident" Canada is going to get all the COVID-19 vaccine doses promised by the end of March.

And despite the sharp decline in deliveries of a vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech this month, he said Canada will still vaccinate all Canadians who want shots by the end of September.

- With files from The Canadian Press

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