Less than half of readily available COVID-19 vaccines in Ontario have been administered

Jan 5 2021, 9:26 am

The Ontario government has administered around 57,000 COVID-19 vaccines out of the 148,000 that are readily available.

On Tuesday, the Ministry of Health said out of the 95,000 Pfizer vaccines delivered on December 21, 50,495 have been administered at 44 vaccination sites.

This includes over 26,000 vaccinations administered to healthcare workers in long-term care homes and retirement homes, over 20,000 vaccinations administered to healthcare workers and nearly 1,000 vaccinations administered to residents.

And of the 53,000 Moderna vaccines delivered last week, 7,000 have been administered.

Currently, Ontario is in Phase One of the vaccine rollout plan which is prioritizing long-term care residents, healthcare workers and essential caregivers at long-term care homes in the priority regions of Toronto, Peel, York and Windsor-Essex.

Nearly 3,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine were administered to 24 long-term care homes by January 3. And over 4,000 doses to 26 long-term care homes of the Moderna vaccine are planned to be administered between January 4 and January 6.

An estimated two million vaccine doses are expected to arrive throughout the winter during Phase One of the province’s vaccine implementation plan.

There are currently three phases of the COVID-19 vaccine plan.

In Phase 1, to be completed by the end of March, around 1 to 1.5 million residents will be vaccinated, including healthcare workers and First Nations.

Phase 2, which will begin at the start of April, will see another 7.5 million people vaccinated with 15 million doses by the end of June.

And Phase 3 will be when the rest of the population can be vaccinated.

Government of Ontario

“Ontario continues to make important progress in quickly and safely vaccinating our frontline health care workers, our most vulnerable and those at greatest risk, and we continue to administer doses to thousands of Ontarians across the province” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health in a statement.

“Our Vaccination Distribution Task Force, led by General Rick Hillier, has put a plan in place to get these doses distributed and administered as quickly as possible and that plan is working.”

The Ministry of Health also noted that the Ontario government is investing an additional $398 million during the second wave to reduce the risk of virus spread in long-term care homes from the community.

Last week, head of the COVID-19 task force Rick Hillier said that 8.5 million people should be vaccinated by the end of June.