The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) says that all long-term care residents that consented to get the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine have now gotten their first dose of it.

SMDHU says they began administering the vaccine on January 11th and were able to give the shot to 3,545 people in less than a week. That roll-out included 30 long-term care homes. 

The Health Unit says the roll-out also includes “some” employees and essential caregivers at the various homes.

The next phase of the roll-out will include over 3,000 residents in retirement homes and will be done over the next 10 days.

“This is a significant milestone in our immunization roll-out plan,” said SMDHU’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. Charles Gardner. “By vaccinating residents of long-term care homes and residents in retirement homes we are taking another important and critical step in the fight against COVID-19. Getting the vaccine to those who need it most as quickly as possible will save lives.”

As of Tuesday morning, 12,885 vaccines have been administered to residents of Simcoe Muskoka. SMDHU has partnered with the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre in Barrie.