A combined 6,200 vaccines will be delivered to the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit (HKPR) this week.

That breaks down to 4,500 from Pfizer and 1,700 from Moderna. “The Moderna vaccine will be used to provide the second dose to those residents of long-term care and high-risk retirement homes who had received their first dose last month,” explained HKPR officials. “The Pfizer vaccine will be used to vaccinate staff of long-term care and retirement homes, essential caregivers in those facilities, and health care workers in area hospitals.”

It was announced last week that Ontarians over the age of 80 will soon be able to get the COVID-19 vaccine. The Health Unit says those people along with anyone receiving home and community care will “possibly” be getting the vaccine in March.

Officials say once more details are released on how residents over 80 will get the vaccine, HKPR will release that information to people in its medical region. “Our goal is to ensure that we get the vaccine into as many arms as possible, as quickly as possible,”  HKPR’s Acting Medical Officer of Health Dr. Ian Gemmill said. “As soon as we have the vaccine and the details for clinics, we will share that information with our residents so they can get vaccinated.”