The first allocation of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine has been received by the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit (HKPR).

HKPR reports they have gotten 700 doses of the vaccine and “may receive more next week.” The vaccine will be stored at the Ross Memorial Hospital in Lindsay, Ontario.

Officials say they will be administering it in long-term care homes. The province announced Monday that they aim to have all residents of long-term care and retirement homes vaccinated by February 5th. HKPR officials expect to administer 100 to 150 vaccines per day.

Residents at the Pinecrest Nursing Home in Bobcaygeon, Hope Street Terrace in Port Hope and Maplewood Long-Term Care Home in Brighton will be the first in HKPR’s medical region to be vaccinated.

“This is the day we have been waiting for,” said Acting Medical Officer of Health for the HKPR Dr. Ian Gemmill. “We have been working with our local hospital partners and our long-term care and retirement homes to work out the logistics of getting this vaccine into as many arms as quickly as possible.”