Ontario expects to start immunizing people over the age of 80 in early March, after residents, caregivers, and workers at long-term-care homes have received their second doses of either the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines. Provincial officials, briefing media on background Friday morning, said that the recent shortage of vaccines has passed and that Ontario now expects approximately 1 million doses by the end of March.
Through the province’s Operation Remote Immunity, all adults in 32 northern and remote communities (31 First Nations and the Town of Moosonee) are expected to be fully vaccinated by the end of April.
Provincial officials also said they’re preparing an online and telephone-based booking system as the vaccine becomes available for the general public, though they could not confirm at what point the online-booking system will be ready for the public. In regions that begin opening up vaccination to those over 80 before the online system is ready, people may be contacted by their family doctors or through other means to receive vaccinations.
When the online system is ready for the public, individuals will be expected to enter their OHIP numbers to confirm their age, but officials said there will be alternatives available for those who aren’t comfortable with online services.
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