Nurses and Seniors Anxiously Waiting to be Vaccinated as Province Set to Receive 6,000 Doses This Week

The province is set to receive six trays of the Pfizer vaccine this week after a delay in deliveries from the manufacturer.

That represents just over 6,000 doses of the vaccine.

Approximately 500 health care workers are among those now isolating because they either tested positive or may have been exposed to COVID-19.

While front-line health care workers were among those to receive the first vaccines, the president of the Registered Nurses Union, Yvette Coffey, says most of her membership are still anxiously awaiting word on when they will get their dose.

She says it’s a source of great worry and anxiety for nurses who have not yet been vaccinated.

Seniors living outside of long-term care and personal care homes are also waiting to find out when they will be vaccinated. Health Minister John Haggie says they are also part of the priority groups identified.

It’s their aim, according to Haggie, to roll vaccines out to seniors in the community across the province, but depending on availability, it will have to be done in 5 to 10-year priority age groups starting with 90-plus and then moving on to those in their eighties and so on.

Haggie emphasizes, however, it’s too early to set timelines and dates for the rollout of future doses of the vaccine because of uncertainty surrounding delivery from the manufacturer.