News Health Unit’s top doctor says vaccine will be available locally in February SHARE ON: Mathew Reisler, staff Thursday, Jan. 14th, 2021 Illustration of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2, the cause of COVID-19 (Alissa Eckert, MS, Dan Higgins, MAMS) The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit’s (HKPR) top doctor says the vaccine will arrive locally in February. Dr. Ian Gemmill said it’s “one huge bright light we have” locally. He that supply of the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines are limited, but HKPR is one of the many Health Unit’s in line to get a supply of the shots. The first phase of vaccinations will be for those working and living in long-term care, health-care workers and those working in chronic home care. Gemmill also said HKPR doesn’t have the requirements to house the vaccines, which have stringent freezer needs, and that it’s likely to be transferred from nearby health facilities once it’s ready for this area. For the second phase, Gemmill said it will likely start in the spring or early summer, but plans could change. It will include essential workers, older adults and then eventually anyone in the community who wants to be vaccinated. He said he isn’t sure yet how that will be handled adding there are “all kinds of possibilities.” Since the pandemic began, 38 cases of the coronavirus have been diagnosed in people from Haliburton. Currently, two are active while HKPR lists 36 as resolved. No one has died due to the virus in Haliburton.