Premier Doug Ford told Ontario residents not to panic if the COVID-19 vaccination registration site crashes when it opens on Monday, March 15.
During a press conference on Wednesday, Ford said that residents should be prepared as every region in the province will be able to book an appointment for those 80-years and older.
“If the portal crashes, don’t panic,” Ford said. “We’ll get it back up, and we have some really great folks… I know on the backend Amazon, one of the largest companies in the world, is supporting us, and they’re used to large volume.”
The premier then pleaded that individuals only book an appointment for someone who is 80-years and older.
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“Please, please, if you’re not booking for someone who is 80 plus, please do not go online. Please do not call that number. What you’re doing is just taking away from someone who is very vulnerable.”
Ford said if one is booking for a grandparent or parent, then that’s acceptable.
In order to ramp up testing, the provincial government also announced that over 325 pharmacies would start administering the AstraZeneca vaccine on Friday. Appointments must be made through select pharmacies.
“Let’s get through this. We’re ready to go. We have the infrastructure; we just need more vaccines.”
Ford added that by the end of the day, Ontario would have administered over 1 million doses with 279,204 fully vaccinated.