The Ontario government is preparing to move into the second phase of its COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan next month, with an emphasis on vaccinating populations based on age and risk.This approach is designed to save lives, protect those at risk of serious diseases and prevent the virus from spreading

“Because of the incredible work of an army of people, we have a solid vaccine distribution plan and ready to get needles in our arms as soon as the doses arrive,” said Premier Doug Ford. “This is a real effort by team Ontario and we are mobilizing our greatest asset – the people of Ontario “

“Vaccines are being administered in hospital clinics, primary care facilities, mass vaccination sites, mobile clinics, and pharmacies across the province by dedicated, caring, and compassionate health care heroes on the frontline”

Details were revealed in a video press conference chaired by Premier Ford. Also on the panel were Health Secretary Christine Elliott, Attorney General Sylvia Jones and retired General Rick Hillier, chairman of the COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Task Force

“Thanks to the hard work of our health partners and frontline heroes, the introduction of vaccines in Ontario is making a positive difference and helping to save the lives of some of our most vulnerable people,” said Minister Elliott. “We are building the capacity continue and commit to giving as many doses as possible as soon as possible to any Ontarian who wants a vaccine “

According to Ontario, the first phase of the vaccination rollout is at 820000 doses administered and over 269000 fully immunized Ontarians in full swing Over 80% of long-term care residents are fully vaccinated and some local health facilities, including Halton, were able to vaccinate some people over 80 before the estimated mid-March period

Ontario expects 870 in March 2021480 doses of the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine and 483700 doses of the Moderna vaccine.They’re also expecting 194 next weekReceive 500 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine pending confirmation by the federal government

From the 15th March the province will set up an online booking system and a provincial customer service to answer questions and support appointment bookings in mass immunization clinics. This will initially support people over 80 as part of the first phase and eventually extend to additional groups in the second phase / p>

“The fight against COVID-19 remains a top priority for our government,” said Attorney General Sylvia Jones. “With the approval of the AstraZeneca vaccine and now the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and increasing supply to the province, we can look forward to it again focus on getting even more Ontarians vaccinated earlier “

“We have made tremendous strides,” she continues, “and urge Ontarians to continue on course to protect themselves and their families, friends and communities””

The full statement from yesterday’s Preliminary Phase Two Draft is available directly from the Province of Ontario

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