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Seniors over 80 to start receiving COVID-19 vaccines in Norfolk

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Residents over 80 who are living in the community are expected to start receiving COVID-19 vaccines next week, says Haldimand-Norfolk’s medical officer of health.

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Those people, considered to be at higher risk of suffering adverse affects of the virus, will be identified by two health teams through contact with about 70 family doctors in the counties, said Shanker Nesathurai in his weekly media update.

He said those people over 80 without a family doctor also will be identified.

Administration of vaccines will continue through the provincial framework based on age, provided there is vaccine available, said Nesathurai.

“Everyone who wants a vaccine will get one ultimately,” he said. “The provincial goal is to have everyone who wants one get one by August.”

Nesathurai said he expects the health unit to receive about 3,000 vaccine doses this week and another 2,000 next week.

When there is enough vaccine available, he said there is a plan to administer them at a number of sites throughout the counties, with a goal of giving 1,000 shots a day. But, he said, in the near term, there won’t be enough vaccine to do that.

At some point, shots also will be available at doctor’s offices and pharmacies.

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