Ontario records more than 1,000 COVID cases Wednesday, 9 deaths

Henrietta Strickland
February 26, 2021

"Our plan is in place, we're rolling it out", Hillier told reporters.

Hillier says the task force aims to then vaccinate adults aged 75-and-older starting April 15th, and shots will go to those 70-and-older beginning on May 1st. Essential workers are expected to get their shots in May, Gen.

Kandola also says the territory expects to receive another 16,200 doses of the Moderna vaccine by the end of this week.

"We don't need to answer it right now".

The province's online booking system and call centre will launch on March 15, Hillier said, allowing seniors living in the community to start booking appointments online or over the phone.

The next phase of vaccine distributions will be based on age, Hillier said. "I would have liked to have had it earlier, quite frankly, that and the customer service desk, but we have it nearly ready".

He said that while some provinces have already started vaccinating people over the age of 80 in the general population, Ontario has not because of how it has made a decision to run its program.

The province will start vaccinating about 200,000 people born in 1936 and earlier in Montreal next week, with the rest of the province following over the second week of March. Hillier said, but the full list of who qualifies has yet to be finalized by Premier Doug Ford's cabinet.

"They put up their website [and] bang, it crashed".

"People want answers. They didn't get any answers this morning, other than it's taking longer than we thought it would, and we're actually not ready", Fraser said. "We are doing more than Alberta".

Mr. Ford's government has faced criticism in recent days over a failure to communicate how the province will roll out its mass vaccination plan, with 34 public health units preparing their own plans and key players such as family doctors saying they have not received any details about their role in the process.

The province says 307 people are in hospital and 56 of them are in intensive care. Now, the people of our province will be at the back of the line to get a vaccine. "If we had millions of vaccines, it'd be a lot easier", Ford said Wednesday. "But right now, we are making sure that we vaccinate the most vulnerable, making sure that we focus on the front-line caregivers".

There were 17,141 doses of vaccines against COVID-19 administered on Feb 23, which is up from 16,252 administered on February 22.

The next priority will be patient-facing health care professionals who stand the greatest risk of contracting the virus, as well as remote communities and First Nations, including First Nations Elder care homes and Elders in the community.

The transition to vaccinate the broader population will ramp up as the province completes its high-priority vaccinations over the next week, Hillier said. Another focus is on vaccinations in remote communities, mainly in northern Ontario, including First Nations.

Retired General Rick Hillier says Phase 2 of Ontario's COVID-19 vaccination plan will begin next month and those 80 years and older should start getting their first doses starting the week of March 15.

Hillier said these locations could include mass vaccination clinics, a pharmacy, or potentially a "mini-mass vaccination clinics", where primary care professionals would come together to create a smaller clinic for their patients and others.

Once their age group is permitted to access the online portal, people can log on to find their closest clinic.

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