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Three-Phase Provincial Distribution Plan

We are currently in Phase 1 of Ontario’s COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan.

The vaccine prioritization described on this website is intended to provide a general overview of the groups involved in each phase of the Provincial Vaccine Distribution Plan. Specific sectors identified within the plan will be notified directly by the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (WECHU) or another agency or organization when they are eligible to receive the vaccine. The WECHU is committed to timely communication on vaccine availability and will communicate broadly when there are opportunities to register for the vaccine. For timely updates regarding vaccine availability please sign up for WECHU email alerts or watch our regular YouTube updates.

Please remember that despite the beginning of the vaccine rollout, continuing to follow current public health measures is important to ensure you and your loved ones are safe.

The Government of Ontario has developed a three-phase vaccine distribution plan which sets the order and priorities for distribution for local public health units to follow. The groups selected in each phase are based on an ethical framework established by the province. The Government of Ontario has committed to distributing COVID-19 vaccines to priority populations in the highest risk areas as shipments are received from federal government suppliers.

The Role of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is to:

  1. Source the supply of vaccines.
  2. Identify priority groups.
  3. Allocate and monitor vaccine supply across Ontario.
  4. Distribute the vaccine supply to public health units.

The following key populations will receive the COVID-19 vaccine in the first phase of distribution at different time intervals, based on risk level and vaccine availability:

  • Residents, employees and staff, and essential caregivers of congregate living settings that provide care for seniors,
  • Health care workers in accordance with the Ministry of Health’s guidance on Health Care Worker Prioritization,
  • 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, and
  • Adults 80 years of age and older.

More about PHASE 1: High-risk population vaccination

As the stock of vaccines increase, the populations to be vaccinated under Phase 2 of distribution in Ontario include the following groups:

  • All health care workers,
  • Continuation of long-term care homes and retirement homes,
  • Additional home care patients with chronic conditions, and
  • Additional First Nation communities and urban Indigenous populations, including Métis and Inuit adults.

In addition, the following groups will be prioritized:

  • Older adults, beginning with those 79 years of age and decreasing in five-year increments over the course of the vaccine rollout,
  • People who live and work in high-risk congregate settings (for example, shelters, community living),
  • Frontline essential workers, including first responders, teachers and other education staff and the food processing industry,
  • Individuals with high-risk chronic conditions and their caregivers, and
  • Other populations and communities facing barriers related to the determinants of health across Ontario who are at greater COVID-19 risk.

More about PHASE 2: Mass deliveries of vaccines

When the provincial vaccine stock is further increased vaccinations will be expanded across Ontario to:

  • All residents in the general population who wish to be vaccinated

More about PHASE 3: Steady State


Local Vaccine Rollout Plan

We are currently in Stage 1 of our local COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout Plan.

The vaccine prioritization described on this website is intended to provide a general overview of the groups involved in each phase of the Provincial Vaccine Distribution Plan. Specific sectors identified within the plan will be notified directly by the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (WECHU) or another agency or organization when they are eligible to receive the vaccine. The WECHU is committed to timely communication on vaccine availability and will communicate broadly when there are opportunities to register for the vaccine. For timely updates regarding vaccine availability please sign up for WECHU email alerts or watch our regular YouTube updates.

Please remember that despite the beginning of the vaccine rollout, continuing to follow current public health measures is important to ensure you and your loved ones are safe.  

The Role of the WECHU is to:

  1. Securely store local vaccine supply and ensure cold chain is maintained.
  2. Coordinate and/or administer the vaccine to identified priority groups.
  3. Monitor and report local data on vaccine distribution and uptake.
  4. Coordinate, oversee, and/or hold vaccination clinics to administer the vaccines to Windsor-Essex County residents.

The WECHU’s COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout Plan builds off the 3-phase provincial distribution plan, but is broken down into three stages based on vaccine supply.

Given the available supply of vaccines and the burden of disease at this time, the provincial direction to the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (WECHU) is to first vaccinate all residents, staff, and essential caregivers in long-term care homes and high-risk retirement homes. Public health is working directly with these facilities to ensure the vaccine is administered as quickly and as safely as possible. When our region receives more vaccines, the vaccine eligibility criteria will be expanded to include other priority groups listed in Phase 1 of Ontario’s COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan.

Vaccination Sites and Models:

  • Windsor Regional Hospital run vaccination clinics (St. Clair College SportsPlex for Pfizer vaccinations)
  • Mobile teams (WECHU led for Moderna vaccinations in long-term care and retirement homes)
  • Primary care physicians/nurse practitioners for prioritized groups

More about the local COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout Plan.

Vaccination Sites and Models:

  • Participating Primary Care Providers who are willing and able to meet requirements
  • Participating pharmacies who are willing and able to meet requirements
  • Mobile teams based on prioritization
  • Targeted mass vaccination clinics based on the prioritization and vaccine supply

More about the local COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout Plan.

Vaccination Sites and Models:

  • Mass vaccination sites in Windsor and Essex County

More about the local COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout Plan.


Local Task Force & Prioritization Committee

A local task force membership and a vaccine prioritization committee have been established in Windsor-Essex to guide a safe and efficient rollout of the Government of Ontario’s distribution plan for priority groups and residents of Windsor and Essex County.  

Task Force Membership

  • Windsor-Essex County Health Unit
  • Municipal Leads
  • Hospital Sector Lead
  • First Responder Lead
  • Primary Care Lead
  • Post-Secondary Education Lead
  • Indigenous Population Lead
  • Home and Community Care Lead
  • Pharmacist Lead

Prioritization Committee Membership

  • Chief Pam Mizuno (Windsor Police Services)
  • Kathleen Thomas (The Multicultural Council of Windsor Essex)
  • Karen Waddell (The House of Sophrosyne)
  • Dr. Ross Moncur (Erie Shores Healthcare)
  • Dr. Suzanne McMurphy (The University of Windsor)
  • Elayne Isaacs (The Southern Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Center)
  • Dr. Wajid Ahmed (The Medical Officer of Health for Windsor-Essex)

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Wednesday, February 24, 2021 - 2:44pm