Ontario to release updated COVID-19 vaccination plan imminently Meredith Bond

Health Minister Christine Elliott said the Ontario government is planning on releasing an update to their vaccination rollout imminently.

When speaking with reporters Thursday, Elliott said she expects the rollout will be accelerated and they are “re-calibrating their timeline” based on the new doses coming in.

Premier Doug Ford also announced Thursday during Question Period that the province will be launching a pilot program in which 500 pharmacies will be administering COVID-19 vaccine doses. Details of the pilot program have yet to be released.

Canada recently approved the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine and received half a million doses this week.

Health Canada says a decision on the Johnson and Johnson one-shot COVID-19 vaccine, which the U.S. approved, is coming in days.

The Ontario government is currently working on a vaccination booking portal that would allow people to register for their vaccine appointment, but several health units, including York, Halton and Durham Region, have already introduced their own.

The province administered has administered a total of 784,828 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine as of March 4, with the highest daily total coming Thursday with over 30,000 doses given out.

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