The First COVID-19 Vaccine Has Been Given On Cape Breton Island – Here Is The Lucky Nurse

Cape Bretoners can rest assured that vaccine has arrived in their neck of the woods and has started to be administered at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital.

The Cape Breton Regional Hospital is one of the cold storage sites in the province to keep the vaccine at the required temperature. The province said in December that the hospital would receive a shipment of 1,950 doses the week of January 4.

The first COVID-19 vaccine administered in Cape Breton was to licensed practical nurse, Darlene White by public health nurse, Claudia Aucoin.

Claudia Aucoin, left, administers the first COVID-19 vaccine in Eastern Zone to licensed practical nurse Darlene White at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital in Sydney on Monday, Jan. 11. (Photo: Communications, Nova Scotia)

Also receiving vaccines on Monday morning were nurse Irene Campbell and nurse Erinn Guy.

Public health nurse Tracy Nash, right, administers a COVID-19 vaccine to nurse Irenee Campbell at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital in Sydney on Monday, Jan. 11. (Photo: Communications Nova Scotia)

“We all want to see Nova Scotians getting shots in their arms as quickly as possible,” said Premier Stephen McNeil.

“We have a long road ahead of us before everyone who wants the vaccine can receive it. I ask Nova Scotians for their patience as our health system works as quickly as possible to distribute the vaccine.”

About 140,000 doses are expected in Nova Scotia by the end of March in the first phase of a three-phase immunization plan, and another million doses are expected to be delivered between April and June.

Public health nurse Pam Petrie, left, administers a COVID-19 vaccine to nurse Erinn Guy at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital in Sydney on Monday, Jan. 11. (Photo: Communications Nova Scotia)

Nova Scotia COVID-19 Immunization Plan

Phase 1 – January to April and includes:

a continued focus on immunizing front-line health-care workers who are closely involved in the COVID-19 response. It is expected they will all receive at least their first of two required doses by the end of January

all staff, designated caregivers and residents in long-term care

residential care residents and staff

seniors living in the community who are 80 or older, followed by anyone 75-79

health-care workers such as physicians, paramedics and home-care workers whose work involves direct contact with patients

Phase 2 – May

will include remaining health-care workers and essential workers.

Phase 3 – Summer

will include all Nova Scotians who are not part of the Phase 1 and 2 priority groups.

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