Published: Fri, March 19, 2021

Ontario's daily COVID-19 cases hit March high

Ontario's daily COVID-19 cases hit March high

Currently, only residents who are 80 years of age or older are able to book an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine through the province's online booking portal.

Ontario expects to receive 1,454,310 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine this month. Since the provincial booking system was launched on March 15, the province said more than 239,000 appointments have been scheduled for the first and second doses.

Ten more virus-related deaths were logged today, bringing the total in Ontario to 7,212.

Ontario's exact allocations and delivery timing for the Moderna, AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccines after March are pending confirmation from the federal government and are not known at this time.

The pharmacy project previously only offered the shot to those aged 60 to 64 but the government says it is expanding after new guidelines deemed the shot safe for those 65 and older.

For the last week, 325 pharmacies in Toronto, Windsor-Essex and the Kingston area have been administering doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to residents born between January 1, 1957 and December 31, 1961. Forty pharmacies in KFL&A were part of the original roll out, and continue to offer vaccinations. Depending on vaccine supply, retail pharmacies could administer up to 40 per cent of all vaccinations by the end of April.

Ford said details and locations of the extra pharmacies that are participating in the vaccination plan will be announced in the coming days. Eight of those cases are in the intensive care unit. "We are grateful to the army of diverse teams - the health care practitioners, IT specialists, data analysts, the dedicated individuals working in logistics and many others - for their outstanding service and commitment to put the needed processes in place to make this happen".

On March 22, individuals aged 60 and over will now be eligible to get a vaccine at an Ontario pharmacy or through their primary care provider.

Those not living in a congregate care setting can book a vaccination by clicking here or by calling the Provincial Vaccine Information Line number at 1-888-999-6488.

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