Vaccine availability and distribution

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As part of the province’s vaccine distribution plan, the immediate priority groups to receive vaccine in Durham Region are:


  • Staff and essential caregivers in long-term care homes, high-risk retirement homes and First Nations elder care homes, and any residents of these settings that have not yet received the first dose of vaccine.
  • Alternative level of care patients in hospitals who have confirmed admission to a long-term care home, retirement home or another congregate care home for seniors.
  • Highest Priority health care workers, followed by Very High Priority health care workers, in accordance with the Ministry of Health’s guidance on Health Care Worker Prioritization.
  • Indigenous adults in northern remote and higher-risk communities (including on-reserve and urban communities).

When all immediate priority groups have received vaccination for COVID-19, the remaining Phase 1 population will receive the vaccine, including:

  • Adults 80 years of age and older.
  • Staff, residents and caregivers in retirement homes and other congregate care settings for seniors (e.g., assisted living).
  • Health care workers in the High Priority level, and in accordance with the Ministry of Health’s guidance on Health Care Worker Prioritization.
  • All Indigenous adults.
  • Adult recipients of chronic home care.





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