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COVID-19 Vaccine Administration: Roles and Responsibilities

As COVID-19 vaccines begin to be approved and distributed, there can be some confusion as to who is responsible for what when discussing vaccine distribution and administration.

Here is a top-down approach explaining the roles and responsibilities in vaccine distribution and
administration.

Government of Canada

The federal government is responsible for the approval, procurement and distribution of all COVID-19 vaccines to all provinces and territories in Canada. The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) provides recommendations on the prioritization of vaccine administration to the provinces and territories.

Government of Ontario

Once the vaccine shipments are received from the federal government, the provincial government is responsible for distributing the vaccine to local public health units and local hospitals. The province decides who gets the vaccine, when public health units will receive it and which public health units are given the vaccine.

York Region

York Region is responsible for providing the overall vaccination program for its nine municipalities by providing support, storage and administration of vaccines to residents, staff and essential caregivers within long-term care homes, retirement homes and congregate living settings for seniors in the early stages of Phase One of Ontario’s vaccine distribution implementation plan.

York Region has a liaison role between Ontario Health and long-term care homes, retirement homes and congregate living settings.

York Region works closely with local hospitals, including providing support for hospitals in the operation of vaccine clinics and providing a liaison role between the Ministry of Health and the local hospitals.

In subsequent phases of the vaccine distribution plan, York Region will provide oversight and leadership in the implementation of mass immunization clinics to administer COVID-19 vaccines to priority groups under the provincial vaccine plan. 

Local Hospitals

Local hospitals are responsible for the reception, storage and administration of the vaccine to health care workers, essential caregivers and employees of long-term care and retirement homes. Through hospital clinics, local hospitals also administer vaccines to staff, essential caregivers and residents of retirement homes in York Region in partnership with public health.

Long-Term Care Homes

Long-term care homes are responsible for the reception, handling and administration of the vaccine to residents, staff and essential caregivers in partnership with Public Health and other health system partners. These homes are also responsible for supporting residents, families and substitute decision-makers on consent to receive the vaccine.

Retirement Homes

Retirement homes work with public health and local hospitals to coordinate administration of vaccines to their residents, staff and essential caregivers. These homes are also responsible for supporting residents, families and substitute decision-makers on consent to receive the vaccine.

For more information on COVID-19 vaccines in York Region, visit york.ca/covid-19vaccine


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