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COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Task Force Is Making Ready For The Roll-out

Waterloo Region – The Region of Waterloo COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Task Force is working to ensure a safe, secure, efficient and equitable plan is in place for delivery of the COVID-19 immunization program.

Aligned with Provincial direction, the task force is planning for the arrival and distribution of the vaccine. Details regarding the location and timing are forthcoming pending provincial confirmation.

Due to limited vaccine availability in the initial phase of the vaccination program, the Government of Ontario has identified clear priority populations for vaccination, including staff in long-term care homes and hospitals. The task force is working with local hospitals and will begin reaching out to long-term care homes today to begin preparation. The task force is learning from pilot sites in Ottawa and Toronto and implementing best practices identified.

“I am impressed with the incredible leadership of task force members as they have quickly mobilized to plan for the safe and secure arrival and distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. I am confident we have the right people around the table, who are also engaging with others in our community, to manage this unprecedented logistical effort,” said WRPS Deputy Chief Shirley Hilton. “The health and safety of this community remains our top priority, as does transparency and communication to the public. We will continue to release information as soon as we are able to.”

About the COVID-19 vaccines

Safe and reliable vaccines can help protect you and your family from COVID-19covid 19. They will be an important tool to help stop the spread of the virus and allow individuals, families and workers to safely resume normal life.

On December 9, 2020, Health Canada authorized the first COVID-19covid 19 vaccine in Canada. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was authorized after an independent and thorough scientific review for safety, efficacy and quality. Learn more about the vaccine that Health Canada has approved for use in Canada at the link below.

There will be a limited supply of vaccines at first, so people who are more vulnerable or at higher risk of infection and serious illness will be prioritized in the roll-out of the early phases of Ontario’s COVID-19covid 19 vaccine program. As new vaccines are approved for use in Canada, they will be more widely available in Ontario.

Until a vaccine is widely available, we all have to continue to follow the public health rules for your region and take everyday actions to help stop the spread of the virus.

COVID-19covid 19 vaccination will:

  • work with your immune system to help keep you from getting COVID-19
  • be a safe way to help build protection
  • lower how much of the virus can spread in the population, which will help build herd immunity and stop the pandemic
  • be a personal health choice

How it works

mRNA vaccines teach our cells how to make a protein that will trigger an immune response without using the live virus that causes COVID-19. Once triggered, our body then makes antibodies. These antibodies help us fight the infection if the real virus does enter our body in the future.

‘RNA’ stands for ribonucleic acid, which is a molecule that provides cells with instructions for making proteins. Messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines contain the genetic instructions for making the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein. This protein is found on the surface of the virus that causes COVID-19.

When a person is given the vaccine, their cells will read the genetic instructions like a recipe and produce the spike protein. After the protein piece is made, the cell breaks down the instructions and gets rid of them.

The cell then displays the protein piece on its surface. Our immune system recognizes that the protein doesn’t belong there and begins building an immune response and making antibodies.

General Rick Hillier

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