COVID-19 Update for March 10 2021 – 1:55PM
Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced major steps in the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, including a pharmacy pilot program starting on Friday, and the opening of more than 100 mass immunization clinics by late March.
As of this Friday, more than 325 pharmacies in the Toronto, Windsor-Essex and Kingston-Frontenac-Lennox-Addington public health units will begin offering the AstraZeneca vaccine to Ontarians aged 60-64 by appointment only.
Ford noted that as the program expands, the “vast majority” of Ontario’s 4,900 pharmacies will be involved in vaccine delivery.
Starting this weekend, primary care providers will also begin offering vaccines in primary care settings and community locations (such as physicians’ offices), and will be contacting eligible Ontarians (also 60-64 years of age).
Ford also announced that over 120 mass immunization clinics will be open by the end of the month and will be able to vaccinate a total of 150,000+ people per day. Rick Hillier, head of the province’s Vaccine Distribution Task Force, announced that the provincial customer service desk and online booking system will go live next Monday.