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TORONTO – The province is targeting mass vaccination by the end of June that should allow all eligible Ontarians who so desire to be vaccinated by the end of 2021.
To date, 144,784 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and more than 20,000 doses of Moderna vaccine have been administered. Some 8,778 Ontarians have received the two necessary doses of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine.
And according to the health authorities of the province, who unveiled the provincial vaccination plan on Wednesday, the pace will accelerate considerably in the coming months.
By the end of March, the goal is to have 1.46 million priority people vaccinated. In this first phase, the aim will be to vaccinate healthcare workers, workers and residents of long-term care homes and retirement homes, as well as adults from indigenous communities. Ontario is aiming for the first dose of vaccination for all residents and staff of long-term care homes across the province by February 15.
Second, between April and May, it will be the turn of essential workers – such as paramedics, teachers or people working in construction – and adults over 60, starting with those over 75. years of receiving the vaccine. Then in June, the population at risk and adults aged 16 to 60 should also be able to be vaccinated.
The province predicts that by next December, all Ontarians who are eligible for vaccination – nearly 14 million of the 14.57 million people living in Ontario – will be eligible for vaccination.
The province plans to gradually increase the number of places where the vaccine will be administered. By 1er February, 38 vaccination centers are expected to open, followed by new sites, including mobile sites, from February to mid-March, before hospitals, clinics, pharmacies and community health centers can they too participate in the vaccination campaign.
On January 18, Toronto will open the first municipal immunization site for healthcare workers most at risk.
Still 2,961 new cases
The province’s vaccination plan, unveiled on Wednesday, sheds light on the current grayness. The coronavirus continues to grow at a sustained rate in the province.
According to the most recent toll, 2,961 cases were added in the last day and Ontario is mourning 74 additional coronavirus victims, bringing its death toll to 5,127 people.
Since the start of the pandemic, Ontario has had 224,984 cases and 29,636 remain active. The province has 1,674 hospitalizations and 385 people in intensive care.
On Tuesday, the Progressive Conservative government announced new measures that will take effect tomorrow to slow the spread of COVID-19.
More details to come …