The provincial government will be expanding COVID-19 vaccine locations to 17 more hospital sites across Ontario over the next two weeks.
According to the news release, as part of the government’s three-phase vaccine plan, the distribution of additional doses of the Pfizer vaccine will reach several hospital sites across the province, including 11 hospitals in the GTA:
- Grand River Hospital
- Halton Healthcare
- Hamilton Health Sciences
- William Osler Health System
- Trillium Health Partners
- Mackenzie Health
- Humber River Hospital
- Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
- Toronto East Health Network
- Unity Health Toronto
- Scarborough Health Network
“Following a successful pilot, we are excited to continue onto the next stage of our rollout of the COVID-19 vaccines to Ontarians,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health.
“While we are planning to ensure that everyone who wants a vaccine will receive one, we need to first protect our frontline workers and those providing essential care to our most vulnerable.”
The province is expected to receive up to 90,000 Pfizer-BioNTech doses from the federal government before the year ends, prioritizing health care workers, essential caregivers who work in hospitals, long-term care homes, retirement homes, and other congregate settings caring for seniors.
“Our guiding priority is to ensure frontline health care workers and vulnerable populations receive the vaccine in this initial phase to ensure they are protected,” said Solicitor General Sylvia Jones.
“As the supply of available dosages increases and is delivered to Ontario, we will be prepared to provide the vaccine in communities across the province.”
In the last few days, Ontario has continuously reported over 2,000 daily COVID-19 cases, raising notable concern for the Ontario Hospital Association which called on the government to implement a four-week lockdown as a minimum, to help curb the second wave.
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During this phase, the province is expecting to receive doses of the Moderna vaccine once it is approved by Health Canada.
This in turn will allow vaccines to be administered onsite at long-term care homes in lockdown areas, followed by retirement homes, other congregate care settings for seniors, and remote Indigenous communities, according to the release.