Six Nations of the Grand River elected council is calling for patience as it works to vaccinate more residents, staff and support workers at Iroquois Lodge long-term care home.
Council issued a release Wednesday saying more vaccinations have happened. Iroquois Lodge and Jay Silverheels staff are obtaining residents’ consent, it says, and that’s who will get the first doses.
“Community patience is greatly appreciated during these frantic times,” the council said in the release.
Hamilton Health Sciences Hospital is the Pfizer vaccination hub location for Six Nations long-term care staff, and 27 Iroquois Lodge staff and support workers have been vaccinated there thus far.
Four Six Nations paramedics have received the Pfizer vaccination to date, and 10 other paramedics will be in line for the next vaccination date.
Six Nations paramedics, Ohsweken Public Health and health services staff are also working on training and administration so vaccinations can happen within the community.
Currently, the Pfizer vaccinations are only being administered at designated hospitals determined by the province and Ministry of Health. There’s a tight 21-day second-dose window that must be confirmed by both the vaccinator and community member.
Moderna vaccinations are to be shipped directly to community
The Moderna vaccinations, meanwhile, will likely be shipped directly to the community, and have a tight 28-day second-dose window.
The council says shipment quantity will impact Six Nations distribution to the community. To date, it says, the province hasn’t given Six Nations specific details on vaccination shipment quantity, or dates.
“It is expected the initial shipment quantities will not be sufficient to begin mass immunization, due to the high global demand, which is why we are having fulsome discussions to confirm the priority list,” said Lori Davis Hill, director of health services.
The Six Nations COVID-19 vaccine task force will confirm the priority list this week and the final decision will be announced to the community.
Meanwhile, the council continues to participate in various provincial and federal table discussions around the vaccination distribution.
COVID vaccination will not be mandatory, council says.
COVID-19 vaccinations begin in Niagara
COVID-19 vaccinations began in Niagara and Brant today.
Vaccinations are also set to begin in Brant on Friday, at long-term care homes.
Haldimand-Norfolk has administered its first doses at Norview Lodge in Simcoe. About 170 Norview residents have been vaccinated, as well as a small number of health-care workers.
The two counties have about 1,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine right now, said Dr. Shanker Nesathurai, medical officer of health for the two counties.
“The next part is working to vaccinate residents of long-term care homes,” he told reporters today.
“We’ve received one shipment of 1,000 vaccines. We expect another shipment next week, and another shipment after that.”
The health unit hopes to have all long-term care residents vaccinated with the first dose by the end of the weekend, he said.