Ontario expected to vaccinate 8.5 million people by end of June

Dec 29 2020, 9:43 am

The Ontario government expects to vaccinate around 8.5 million people with the COVID-19 vaccine by the end of June.

During a press briefing on Tuesday, General Rick Hillier, who is leading the province’s vaccine distribution task force, provided a three-phase plan on how doses will be administered.

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.

Phase 3 will begin later in the summer to include anyone who wants the vaccine.

According to Hillier, more than 14,000 doses have been administered and the government currently has a supply of 95,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

“We will be working straight through. We will not take any more days off until we win this war against COVID-19,” Hillier said.

He added that the Moderna vaccine has not yet arrived in Ontario but that 50,000 doses are expected in the next 24 hours.

On Tuesday, Ontario reported its highest single-day COVID-19 case count with 2,553.

To date, Ontario has seen 175,908 COVID-19 cases and 4,455 deaths.