COVID-19 Vaccine Information for the Public

The purpose of this section is to give you information on our local situation in WDG as well as a collection of the latest information about COVID-19 vaccines in Canada from reliable sources. Due to the ever-changing landscape of vaccine research and distribution it is expected that this information will be updated frequently so check back often. We will keep you up to date on local vaccine information as it becomes available to share.

Vaccination Progress in WDG

The data for total vaccine doses administered is updated weekdays around 10:30 am. All data reflects totals from 8 p.m. the previous business day. Second doses will begin the week of January 25.

Last updated January 19, 2021 at 10:30 a.m.
  Total Covid-19 Vaccine Doses Administered
First Dose 4,042
Second Dose 0
Total Doses Administered 4,042
  • Vaccinations started on Wednesday, January 6 with the Pfizer vaccine. Starting Monday January 11, Public Health will aim to administer up to 500 doses per day (as vaccine supply allows) to priority populations.
  • Long-term care resident vaccinations begin the week of January 11.
  • Every dose will be used now. Public Health will not retain and save doses for second doses.
  • As more vaccines become available (closer to spring 2021), additional sites in WDG will be added (i.e. primary care providers and pharmacies).
  • As further details are available, they will be communicated to the public and affected stakeholders. 

Who will be vaccinated first 

On December 7, 2020, the province announced the key populations that will be first to receive the COVID-19 vaccine: 

  • Residents, employees and staff, and essential caregivers of congregate living settings that provide care for seniors.
  • High-risk healthcare workers (including all those who work in health care settings and those in direct contact with patients).
  • Adults in First Nations, Métis, and Inuit populations where infection can have disproportionate consequences, including those living in remote or isolated areas.
  • Adult recipients of chronic home health care.

Locally, the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine will be prioritized based on these populations and will be administered to employees, staff, and essential caregivers of congregate living settings that provide care for seniors and high-risk healthcare workers. The COVID-19 vaccine will continue to be prioritized based on Ministry guidance until it is more broadly available in the province.

WDG Public Health will contact those who are eligible 

There is no waiting list for the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine(s). Please do not call your healthcare provider or Public Health to be added to a list. 
  • Public Health is reaching out to identified populations to prepare them for upcoming vaccine clinics.
  • If you are eligible, you will be contacted to set up an appointment to come to a WDGPH office to get your COVID-19 immunization.
  • COVID-19 vaccine is not currently widely available to the public. Please do not call us to ask when it might be available. This information will be shared when we know. 

Where will vaccinations take place

Vaccinations will be provided at the Public Health office in Guelph initially, followed by on-site vaccinations in long-term care homes. Additional vaccination sites will be announced as vaccine supply and distribution allows.

What to do while we wait for the vaccines 

Until a vaccine is widely available and a large percentage of the population becomes immune to COVID-19, we all have to continue to follow public health measures and rules for our region and continue to take everyday actions to help stop the spread of the virus. Why?

  • While the vaccine(s) offers protection against COVID-19, there is no data yet on prevention of transmission.
  • It takes time for a vaccine to develop its protective effects (ie. a month or longer).
  • We are still experiencing high COVID-19 infection rates, which has placed intense strain on our hospitals and health systems, as well as the health workers that have been on the front lines of this crisis for many months.
  • Not everyone will get the vaccine, meaning there will still be a risk of transmission.