Ontario to release plan to counter fall second wave of coronavrius today

Grant Boone
September 23, 2020

"And we're doing our part, here in Ontario", said Ford.

"The flu shot helps reduce visits to our emergency rooms and doctor's offices during the season and this will help with keeping capacity in our health-care system", the premier said.

Ontario may be experiencing its second wave, but Ford says his government is prepared to meet the challenge.

According to Ford, the province has ordered 5.1 million doses of this year's flu vaccine and is continuing to work to order more. That's an increase of 700,000 over the approximated usage previous year.

Ontario is reporting 425 new cases of COVID-19 today, along with two new deaths related to the virus.

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It will also set aside $26.5 million to purchase additional flu vaccine doses if required and for the first time will make high-dose vaccines for seniors available at select pharmacies, so that they can be more easily accessed.

"Anyone at all who wants a flu shot this year can get one", said Ford.

Elliott said that the province will begin prioritizing early distribution of the flu shot to vulnerable populations in long-term care homes, hospitals and retirement homes in the last week of September.

Deputy Premier and Minister of Health Christine Elliott tweeted Monday morning that 31,700 tests were completed over the last day. Elliott encouraged all residents in the province to get the vaccine as soon as possible.

The health minister said the plan focuses on six "key areas".

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