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Ontario opens vaccine bookings to aged 75 and older on Monday

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Ontario will open up its online vaccine booking system to people aged 75 and older starting Monday.

With over 50 percent of Ontario residents aged 80 and over having received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, the Ontario government is expanding appointments through its online booking system to individuals aged 75 and over, effective next Monday,

This was announced by Premier Doug Ford, Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, Solicitor General Sylvia Jones, and General Rick Hillier (retired), Chair of the COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Task Force.

“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 Premier Ford in a press release. “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.”

Ontario began vaccinating individuals aged 80 and over in February, and launched an online booking tool and a call centre to help answer questions and support appointment bookings at mass immunization clinics. Since the provincial booking system was launched on March 15, more than 239,000 appointments have been scheduled for the first and second doses.

“Thanks to the efforts of our health care partners and the efficiency of our booking system, Ontario has been able to schedule more appointments and vaccinate more people quickly and conveniently,” said Minister Elliott. “We are doing everything we can to protect those who are most vulnerable and will ensure that we reach every Ontarian eligible for vaccination in Phase One as we expand the vaccination program further in the coming weeks.”

“We have successfully expanded Ontario’s vaccine rollout plan to include pharmacies, mass vaccination centres, and primary health care providers in key parts of the province,” said Solicitor General Sylvia Jones. “This is a huge accomplishment and we continue to extend this rollout to other parts of the province as more vaccines become available.”

“Ontario’s vaccine distribution plan is now well underway,” said General (Ret’d) Rick Hillier. “We are grateful to the army of diverse teams – the health care practitioners, IT specialists, data analysts, the dedicated individuals working in logistics, and many others – for their outstanding service and commitment to put the needed processes in place to make this happen.”

Minister Stephen Lecce, the MPP for King-Vaughan, along with Ontario’s Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health, MPP Robin Martin, and Mississauga – Malton MPP Deepak Anand on Thursday hosted a virtual cultural media roundtable to provide an update and discuss Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccination plan.

As Ontario moves to the next phase of the vaccination plan, Minister Lecce emphasized the vital role in bringing important and up-to-date information to our communities.

During the call, MPP MPP for Eglinton-Lawrence Robin Martin responded to questions on the Government’s vaccine program and outlined how Phase Two is designed to protect those at risk of serious illness and to stop the virus from spreading. MPP Martin also provided details on the new Provincial

Although Ontario’s capacity to administer vaccines is steadily increasing, MPP Deepak Anand again urged the federal government to step up their efforts and ensure the supply is being delivered to the people of Ontario.

 

 

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