In a news conference at Queen’s Park, Ontario Premier Doug Ford provides an update on the province’s COVID-19 vaccination plan. He is joined by provincial Health Minister Christine Elliott, Ontario Solicitor General Sylvia Jones, Ontario’s chief medical officer of health Dr. David Williams, and retired General Rick Hillier, chair of Ontario’s COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Task Force. The update comes as Health Canada authorizes the use of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, the fifth COVID-19 vaccine to be authorized by the federal regulator.
The second phase of Ontario’s vaccine plan will focus on seniors between 60 to 79 years of age, people who live and work in congregate settings, individuals with certain health conditions and their caregivers, people living in COVID-19 hot spots, and certain employees who cannot work from home. This rollout phase is expected to begin in April and be completed by August. (no interpretation)