Ontario is allowing those 75 years and older to book their COVID-19 vaccine appointment starting next week.
On Friday, Premier Doug Ford said with over 50% of Ontario residents age 80 and older having received at least one dose of the vaccine, the booking system can be expanded to include those 75 and older starting on Monday, March 22.
“The progress we are making on our Vaccine Distribution Plan demonstrates what can be done when we unleash the full potential of Team Ontario,” said Ford.
“Thanks to the efforts of an army of frontline health care heroes and volunteers, we are getting needles in arms even faster than we had imagined. All we need now is a steady and reliable supply of vaccines from the Federal government to ensure anyone who wants one, gets one as soon as possible so we can all stay safe.”
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On March 15, Ontario launched an online booking tool and a call centre that has booked more than 239,000 appointments.
There are also 350 pharmacies delivering the AstraZeneca vaccine, and depending on vaccine supply, retail pharmacies could administer up to 40% of all vaccinations by the end of April.
According to the province, to date, over 1.4 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered across the province, including over 129,000 doses administered to long-term care home residents. Over 294,000 Ontarians are fully immunized, including over 61,000 long-term-care facilities residents.