Fifty percent of Ontarians over 18 have now received at least one dose of vaccine, says provincial government

TORONTO — The provincial government announced today that fifty per cent of Ontarians over the age of 18 have now received at least one dose of either the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, the Moderna vaccine, the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine, or the Astra Zeneca/CoviShield vaccine. That’s 6.4 million doses, with an estimated 400,000 people fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

“Ontario continues to ramp up our vaccine rollout, and we remain focused on administering doses to those who are most at risk,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “With an increased supply of vaccines, we continue to make it easier than ever to receive a vaccine in hot spot areas to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and protect our hospital capacity.”

In order to build on the progress of the rollout thus far, Ontario’s vaccine task force plans to further expand the pharmacy channel throughout May, with 2,500 locations due to begin offering the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines by the end of the month. The primary care delivery channel will also continue to expand in collaboration with public health units, with the goal of having primary care settings in all public health regions begin offering the Moderna vaccine by June.

“By expanding eligibility, increasing immunization access through multiple channels and a steady vaccine supply coming into the province, we are advancing steadily toward our goal of administering first doses to over 65 per cent of Ontario adults by the end of May,” said Solicitor General Sylvia Jones. “In partnership with local public health units, we continue to expand opportunities for more Ontarians to get vaccinated with the ongoing rollout of workplace clinics and mobile units, targeting hot spot areas to help stop the spread of this deadly virus.”

Eligible groups can use Ontario’s vaccine booking system to find out how to schedule an appointment, or can call the Provincial Vaccine Booking Line number at 1-833-943-3900. For general inquiries, individuals can call the Provincial Vaccine Information Line number at 1-888-999-6488. The Provincial Vaccine Booking Line and Information Line are open Monday to Sunday from 8 AM to 8 PM and are capable of providing assistance in 300 languages.

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