Good news for those who are fed up with the pandemic—the Province will be increasing the number of sites offering Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine.
Over the next two weeks, the Province will be distributing vaccines to 17 additional hospitals across Ontario, with priority being given to regions with higher rates of infection.
The Province is expecting to receive up to 90,000 Pfizer-BioNTech doses from the federal government before the end of 2020, which will be given to health care workers and essential caregivers who work in hospitals, long-term care homes, retirement homes and other congregate settings caring for seniors.
The 17 sites receiving doses of the vaccine will be:
- Windsor Regional Hospital
- London Health Sciences Centre
- Grand River Hospital
- Halton Healthcare
- Hamilton Health Sciences
- William Osler Health System
- Trillium Health Partners
- Southlake Regional Health Centre
- Mackenzie Health
- Humber River Hospital
- Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
- Toronto East Health Network
- Unity Health Toronto
- Scarborough Health Network
- Lakeridge Health
- Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre
- Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre
All of these sites have the necessary equipment to store the vaccine at -70 degrees, and the required staff are ready to receive and administer vaccines.
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“Following a successful pilot, we are excited to continue onto the next stage of our rollout of the COVID-19 vaccines to Ontarians,” Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, said in a news release.
“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,” she continued.