Bruce Power has donated a freezer unit to Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) to assist in the safe and timely roll-out of the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.
The ultra-low temperature unit, which will be housed at the Health Unit’s Clinton location, will allow HPPH to keep the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine at its necessary temperature as vaccinations in Huron-Perth for priority populations continue.
“We are grateful to have the support of Bruce Power as we continue this important phase of protecting the public against COVID-19,” said Dr. Miriam Klassen, Huron Perth’s Medical Officer of Health. “Having access to this freezer unit will facilitate the continued roll-out of our local vaccine program as it will allow us to receive vaccine directly into our community once supplies permit. As our vaccination program progresses, we ask that all residents remain safe, stay at home, and follow all provincial health guidelines. There is a light at the end of the tunnel, so let’s all do our part to get there safely.”
Bill Whetstone, a Commercial Lead with Bruce Power’s Supply Chain as well as a councillor in the Municipality of Bluewater, helped facilitate the donation of the freezer. Coun. Whetstone said this donation will help ensure the integrity of the vaccines.
“The residents of Bluewater, and everyone in Huron-Perth, has been waiting a long time for the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine, and I’m proud to work for a company that was quick to help us in our time of need,” Coun. Whetstone said. “I thank our health- and Long-Term Care workers, as well as the staff at Huron Perth Public Health, for what they’ve done during the pandemic. We all look forward to better days, when we can truly show our appreciation for all you do.”
Bruce Power has also donated a similar freezer to the Grey Bruce Health Unit as it prepares for its vaccination roll-out program to begin.
Current vaccination status in Huron-Perth
HPPH is working closely with partners to provide vaccine to all residents of Long-Term Care Homes and then Retirement Homes across Huron and Perth counties over the next few weeks.
The province has a three-phase distribution plan and an ethical framework to ensure Ontario is prepared to receive, store and administer COVID-19 vaccines as they continue to arrive over the next several months. At this time, vaccine supply is very limited. Distribution focuses first on vulnerable populations that are at greatest risk of COVID-19 and severe illness and those who care for them.
In Huron-Perth, the Mass Vaccination Advisory Committee (HPMVAC) is creating a Huron-Perth sequencing model, as well as an administration and distribution plan, based on the province’s distribution plan and ethical framework.
Currently the focus is on Long-Term Care homes and then Retirement Homes. Additional groups will be identified in the sequencing model; as vaccines become available those groups will be contacted. For the general public, this is not likely for a few months. HPPH asks the public to be patient and await further information – there is no vaccination waiting list set up for the general public.