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Ontario 'regrets' error that led to false claim of COVID-19 vaccinations in LTC homes

Last Updated Feb 11, 2021 at 6:48 pm EST

Summary

The Ministry of Long-Term Care says more than 62,000 residents have received at least one dose of the vaccine


It also says that more than 34,000 residents have received their second dose


Province says it will maintain the interval of 21-27 days for residents who received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine


Ontario’s minister of long-term care is apologizing for an earlier statement that claimed all residents in the province’s long-term care homes had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The province had committed to vaccinating every eligible long-term care resident who wanted a shot by Wednesday.

However, Lambton Public Health told CityNews their first round of vaccinations was not complete and would be finished in the next few days.

Premier Doug Ford made the announcement on Twitter before deleting the tweet a short time later.

In a statement, the province said, “Due to a miscommunication, it was reported that 100 per cent of homes had received their first vaccines when a small number of homes have not completed them yet… We sincerely regret the error.”

They said the last long-term care homes who haven’t completed their first round of vaccinations will be done later this week.


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The Ministry of Long-Term Care said more than 62,000 residents have received the first dose of the vaccine, and more than 34,000 of them have received their second dose.

The provincial government said it will maintain the recommended interval of 21-27 days for residents who received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

“This milestone marks an important step towards the immunization of our most vulnerable,” said Merrilee Fullerton, minister of long-term care.