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Hospital Receives Shipment Of Second Round Of Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine

Tuesday January 5th, 2021, 10:00am

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Windsor Regional Hospital received its second shipment of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines Tuesday morning.

The first shipment, which arrived on December 21st, 2020, allowed just under 2,000 people to be vaccinated with two doses. The second shipment allows for the vaccination of approximately 1,500 people with two doses.

Following provincial direction, the hospital has been putting vaccines into arms and not holding back on the second doses. This assumes there will be a regular supply of vaccines to Windsor Regional Hospital.

Officials say that at the end of the day on Monday, January 4th, 2021, they had vaccinated just under 3,000 people.

At this pace, but for today’s delivery, WRH would have exhausted all of its first shipment by the end of Wednesday.

“Although this tests your nerves to use all the vaccines up, the goal is to not have vaccines in freezers but in people’s arms. That is the marching orders from our General Rick Hillier, the head of the Vaccination Task Force,and we will follow it without question. It is the right thing to do,” said WRH President and CEO David Musyj.

“I had a chance to talk to General Hillier, who is heading the Vaccine Task Force. He is a true Canadian hero. He stated being on the defense in a war -a war on COVID-19-is stressful, depressing and tiring. It is hard to motivate the troops when just trying to stay alive. Now with the vaccine, we are on the offensive. It is exhilarating. Energizing and motivating. We need to keep this energy as we continue this war and hopefully turn the tables on COVID-19 and beat this enemy.”

Windsor Regional Hospital is vaccinating 500 people a day, focusing on the Province’s priority groups. They can vaccinate 1,000 people a day but cannot achieve that until supply from the Federal government to Ontario and Windsor increases.

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