Ontario releases COVID-19 vaccine schedule for older adults

Brenda Watkins
February 26, 2021

Health Minister Christine Elliott said almost 66,400 tests were completed, and 621,960 doses of the COVID-19 vaccines have been administered. "If we are very careful, we can imagine a much better summer", he said.

The Province of Ontario has confirmed 975 new cases of COVID-19 this morning, bringing the total number of cases in the Province to 295,119. Ontarians 65 and older will begin vaccination on June 1, and those 60 to 64 years old will begin on July 1.

How the province proceeds with vaccinating the remaining members of the population will depend on vaccine supply, Hillier told reporters.

An online booking system and service desk will become available on March 15, and people in the 80 and older age range, or those booking for them, can access it, Hillier said.

The group said vaccinating high-risk communities and older people will drive down hospitalizations and deaths.

A total of 621,960 vaccine doses have been administered in the province.

Opposition leaders criticized the announcement that the portal was still weeks away contending that other province already has their online portals up and running.

Ontario aims to vaccinate adults aged 75 and older starting April 15, and those 70 and older starting May 1.

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Meanwhile the Ford government is being criticised for the slow rollout when compared to provinces like Alberta and Quebec.

She says the province doesn't want to "rush to failure" with the system.

Seniors in long-term care homes, retirement home residents and frontline health care workers have received vaccines so far. The city has also begun administering the vaccines to some first responders, such as firefighters and paramedics.

You will also be able to get your vaccine at a pharmacy or your doctor's office, when supply permits.

There were 19,112 doses of vaccines against COVID-19 administered on Feb 24, which is up from 17,141 administered on February 23.

"I say this. If the vaccines arrive in the numbers required, we'll get them into the arms of the people of Ontario".

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