Vaccination Timeline and Distribution Plan
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Three-Phase Provincial Distribution Plan
The Government of Ontario has developed a three-phase vaccine distribution plan which sets the order and priorities for distribution for local public health units to follow. The groups selected in each phase are based on an ethical framework established by the province. The Government of Ontario has committed to distributing COVID-19 vaccines to priority populations in the highest risk areas as shipments are received from federal government suppliers.
The Role of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is to:
- Source the supply of vaccines.
- Identify priority groups.
- Allocate and monitor vaccine supply across Ontario.
- Distribute the vaccine supply to public health units.
The Role of the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (WECHU) is to:
- Securely store local vaccine supply and ensure cold chain is maintained.
- Coordinate and/or administer the vaccine to identified priority groups.
- Monitor and report local data on vaccine distribution and uptake.
- Coordinate, oversee, and/or hold vaccination clinics to administer the vaccines to Windsor-Essex County residents.
Local COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout Plan:
The WECHU’s local COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout Plan builds off the 3-phase provincial distribution plan, but is broken down into three stages based on vaccine supply.
Priority Populations for COVID-19 Vaccination
Please note: The vaccine prioritization described on this website is intended to provide an overview of the groups involved in each phase of the Provincial Vaccine Distribution Plan.
View current populations eligible for first, second, and third doses in Windsor and Essex County. Please remember that despite vaccination rates, continuing to follow current public health measures is important to ensure you and your loved ones are safe.
PHASE 1: High-risk populations
Timeline: December 2020 to March 2021.
- Residents, employees and staff, and essential caregivers of congregate living settings that provide care for seniors,
- Health care workers in accordance with the Ministry of Health’s guidance on Health Care Worker Prioritization (see more information for health care workers),
- Adults in First Nations, Métis, and Inuit populations,
- Adult recipients of chronic home health care, and
- Adults 80 years of age and older.
Local Vaccination Sites and Models:
- Windsor Regional Hospital run vaccination clinics
- Mobile teams
- Primary care physicians/nurse practitioners for prioritized groups
- Targeted vaccination clinics
PHASE 2: Mass deliveries of vaccines
Timeline: April 2021 to June 2021.
- Adults aged 55 and older
- High-risk congregate settings
- Individuals with certain health conditions
- Certain essential caregivers
- People who live in hot spot communities
- Those who cannot work from home
Local Vaccination Sites and Models:
- Participating Primary Care Providers who are willing and able to meet requirements
- Participating pharmacies who are willing and able to meet requirements
- Mobile teams based on prioritization
- Targeted vaccination clinics based on the prioritization and vaccine supply
Local Task Force & Prioritization Committee
A local task force membership and a vaccine prioritization committee have been established in Windsor-Essex to guide a safe and efficient rollout of the Government of Ontario’s distribution plan for priority groups and residents of Windsor and Essex County.
Task Force Membership
- Windsor-Essex County Health Unit
- Municipal Leads
- Hospital Sector Lead
- First Responder Lead
- Primary Care Lead
- Post-Secondary Education Lead
- Indigenous Population Lead
- Home and Community Care Lead
- Pharmacist Lead
Prioritization Committee Membership
- Chief Pam Mizuno (Windsor Police) Services
- Kathleen Thomas (The Multicultural Council of Windsor Essex)
- Karen Waddell (The House of Sophrosyne)
- Dr. Ross Moncur (Erie Shores Healthcare)
- Dr. Suzanne McMurphy (The University of Windsor)
- Elayne Isaacs (The Southern Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Center)
- Dr. Wajid Ahmed (The Medical Officer of Health for Windsor-Essex