Local COVID-19 Vaccination Update

The Marathon Family Health Team is pleased to report that 318 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine were successfully and safety administered to members of our communities on April 29th, 2021. This means that nearly forty-five percent (45%) of our eligible population has now received some protection against COVID-19.

In fact, since early March, a total of 2172 COVID-19 vaccines (1663 first doses and 509 second doses) have been offered to the following priority groups:

  • Everyone associated with Peninsula Manor
  • Everyone associated with Chronic Care and Alternative Level of Care
  • Healthcare workers
  • Adults 65 years and older
  • Some adults 60 years and older
  • Indigenous adults and their household members
  • Chronic home care recipients and their caregivers
  • Adults working and living in specific congregate settings
  • Individuals with highest risk health conditions and their caregivers
  • Individuals with high risk health conditions and some caregivers
  • Special education workers
  • Child care workers

Next steps

Marathon’s next COVID-19 Immunization Clinic will be held on Thursday, May 13th. We expect to receive a minimum of 300 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and to offer vaccination appointments to the following individuals:

  • Remaining adults 60+ years of age
  • Remaining adults with highest and high risk health conditions and eligible caregivers
  • Remaining eligible essential workers (e.g., special education workers and child care workers)
  • Some adults 55+ years of age

With that said, the Ministry of Health recently announced that the provincial vaccine rollout will be accelerated due to an increase in vaccine supply. It is expected that everyone over the age of 18 will be offered a first dose of the vaccine by the end of May. Although we don’t know exactly what this means for our community at this time, the increase in vaccine allocation is great news and the Marathon Family Health Team is prepared to ramp up our efforts and offer first doses of the vaccine to everyone who wants one as soon as we are able.

We look forward to providing you with a more detailed update on upcoming vaccination clinics and eligibility criteria as soon as we are provided with more guidance from the Thunder Bay District Health Unit.

Preparing for your immunization appointment

If you are over the age of 18 years and wish to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, please complete an electronic consent form at your earliest convenience. You can find the consent form by clicking here. Paper copies of the consent form can also be picked up at the clinic.

Completing a consent form in advance confirms to us that you would like to receive the vaccine. It also helps us streamline our appointment booking process.

Booking process for COVID-19 immunization appointments

The MFHT uses various methods to identify patients who meet these criteria. Once eligible individuals are identified, they are added to a priority list and are contacted by a member of our team when it becomes their turn to receive a vaccine. Please remember that we will call you to offer you an appointment.

Although we do our best to identify everyone who is eligible, it is possible that some get missed in the process. If you meet the criteria for any of the priority groups listed above and are not offered an appointment by May 10th, please contact the clinic by emailing [email protected] or by calling 807-229-3243.

We thank you for your patience and understanding as we do our best to quickly, safely and efficiently immunize the rest of our population.