The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge Health Unit’s (HKPR) top doctor expects to get more of the Moderna vaccine next week.

In the first shipment of vaccines, Gemmill says it will allow them to vaccinate “just under half” of long-term care residents. When the next shipment comes in next week, he believes that will allow them to vaccinate everyone else. He said they will run into a problem after that though due to the delay in Canada getting the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Despite HKPR using the Moderna vaccine, he says the delay will affect them. “Everyone is in a scramble to readjust,” he said.

He said in that time they will work to plan for the next phase of the local vaccine roll-out. “As soon as we get the vaccine, we will be ready to give it,” he said.

The province sent HKPR its first batch of vaccines Monday. Medical Officer of Health Dr. Ian Gemmill says they have already started vaccinating the “most vulnerable” within HKPR’s medical region. Gemmill did not mention in the earlier update or on Tuesday when long-term care residents in Haliburton should expect to be vaccinated.

Gemmill said HKPR staff will work to ensure a daily update on the vaccine roll-out is made available through the Health Unit’s website.