Ontario’s solicitor general says pharmacies in virus hot spots will be next to offer COVID-19 vaccinations to people aged 60 and older.
Sylvia Jones says Peel Region will be “absolutely” prioritized next for the pharmacy vaccine program based on high rates of COVID-19 there.
Premier Doug Ford says both the AstraZeneca and Moderna vaccines will be available at select pharmacies once Peel is included as part of the program.
“We are going to double the amount of pharmacies up to 700, we [currently] have 350,” said Ford. “We really want to focus on Peel Region, York, and Toronto.”
Solicitor General Jones says the expansion depends on supply and the exact sites are being determined with the Ontario Pharmacists Association (OPA), looking at health units with higher COVID-19 positivity rates.
The solicitor general adds that the work-from-home group, among those expected to receive the vaccine as early as June, is not being moved to the front of the line.
Meanwhile, the Ontario government also announced it is providing over $1.2 billion to help provincial public hospitals recover from financial pressures created, and worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The investment, the Ford government says, will ensure hospitals can continue to provide the “high-quality patient care” Ontarians need and deserve.
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