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Ontario/Canadian-Media: Ontario would reportedly receive 6,000 doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine on Monday and start administering the first shots to health-care workers from long-term care homes and other high-risk settings on Tuesday at the University Health Network in Toronto and the Ottawa Hospital said retired Gen. Rick Hillier, who is leading Ontario's vaccine task force.
Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine. Image credit: ContactPharma.com
"We are going to come after people who are in most vulnerable circumstances and our health care workers first and get them vaccinated because the tragedy has been visited upon them most," he said.
90,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine are anticipated by the the province by the end of December, which will be distributed to 13 hospitals across Ontario, said Hillier and added that Ontario may also receive between 30,000 and 85,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine by the new year, subject to Health Canada's approval in the coming weeks.
Premier Doug Ford said Dec 10 in a news release that more details would be provided Dec 11
Toronto has been hard hit during the first and second waves of the COVID-19 pandemic. Ottawa was selected in part to "test and validate provincial distribution networks, as well as in recognition of the challenges the region has faced with certain long-term care home outbreaks," the premier said.
Ontario reported single-day highs of 1,983 new COVID-19 cases and nearly 62,000 tests earlier Thursday.