Media Release: Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph receives first shipment of COVID-19 vaccine (UPDATED January 5)

January 4, 2021

Media UPDATE as of January 5, 2021.

Good Morning,

We are pleased to provide an update on yesterday’s press release. At approximately 9:00 a.m. this morning, WDG Public Health received our first shipment of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccinations will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 6 with a partial day of vaccinations. The full regional vaccine program will begin on Thursday, January 7.

“This is tremendous news for our region,” said Dr. Nicola Mercer, Medical Officer of Health and CEO of WDG Public Health. “I’m grateful for Pfizer’s ongoing support in ensuring we could begin vaccinations as soon as possible. The distribution of this vaccine on a global scale is a tremendous logistical challenge and it’s clear Pfizer is taking all possible steps to make this process as smooth and as quick as possible.”

Visit our COVID-19 Vaccine Information pages for answers to your vaccine questions.

Original Media Release Below


January 4, 2021: This morning, WDG Public Health was informed by Pfizer of a delay in the shipment of our first batch of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines. As a result, Public Health will be cancelling today’s vaccinations, as well as rescheduling 500 long-term care and retirement home staff vaccination appointments.


Based on Pfizer’s update, vaccines will arrive as late as Friday with no advance notice of arrival.  

“This is obviously a disappointment,” said Dr. Nicola Mercer. “Public Health has been preparing to begin vaccinating our region against COVID-19 for months. While we can all recognize this is a complex logistical challenge, I share the frustration of everyone in the region at this delay. I want to assure residents of Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph that Public Health remains ready to administer the vaccine as soon as it arrives.”

For more information on the COVID-19 vaccine, visit the COVID-19 Vaccine Information for the Public page.


Media Contact

Danny Williamson

Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health

1-800-265-7293 ext. 4376