A Kingston nurse was the first person to be vaccinated against COVID-19 on Tuesday.
Workers and residents in long-term care homes, along with designated essential caregivers, are at the front of the line for the first shipment of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines, which arrived Tuesday morning at Kingston General Hospital.
Extendicare nurse Nanette Isaac was the first of the 75 people jabbed Tuesday.
“This gives me tremendous hope and confidence that I am doing everything I can to protect myself and stay healthy for my friends, family and the residents of the care home,” Isaac stated in a news release issued by Kingston Health Sciences Centre.
The aim is to administer the first dose — the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine requires two of them — to 1,900 long-term care and “high-risk retirement home” health-care workers and residents, KHSC CEO and president Dr. David Pichora said in the same release.
“This signals brighter days ahead,” he continued. “It also represents the tremendous amount of collaboration — among health-care partners including all three public health agencies in the region — that has made it possible to be ready to deliver a safe, effective COVID-19 vaccine to the prioritized group in southeastern Ontario.”