Ford government announces over $1.2B in additional funding for hospitals

Brenda Watkins
March 23, 2021

The province's exact allocations and delivery timing for the Moderna, AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccines after March are pending confirmation from the federal government and are not now known.

The province's test positivity rate is up to 5.7 per cent.

The province completed 32,556 tests yesterday.

The province is expanding its COVID-19 immunization campaign to include residents aged 75 and older as of Monday.

It is the highest number of ICU patients since February 8.

Health Minister Christine Elliott said the government is doing everything they can to protect those who are most vulnerable and will ensure they reach every Ontarian eligible for vaccination in Phase One as they expand the vaccination program further in the coming weeks.

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Those who qualify can book an appointment online with the Ontario booking portal or by calling 1-888-999-6488 Monday to Sunday 8 a.m.to 8 p.m.

The Ford government is spending another $1.2 billion to help public hospitals respond and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Also this week, certain pharmacies and family physicians in some regions will be allowed to administer the Oxford-AstraZeneca shot to anyone 60 or older.

This comes as the variants of concern (VOC) now make up 50 per cent of all new cases in Toronto, and the positivity rating in Ontario is at its highest level since February 1.

The numbers used in this story are found in the Ontario Ministry of Health's COVID-19 Daily Epidemiologic Summary.

The rolling seven-day average increases to 1,667 cases.

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