After news of delays in the shipments of vaccines, retired general Rick Hillier says the province has made good progress in ensuring seniors in long-term care and retirement homes are getting vaccinated, he said as he offered an update from Queen's Park yesterday.

"We're going to get the long-term care homes done, as soon as possible. We could do it sooner than 5 February. However, we actually are dependent on some vaccines arriving next week, to complete those homes," Hiller said.

Hillier is in charge of the province's vaccine roll out program. While he noted shipments of the Pfizer vaccine will be shorter than usual over the next few days, he encouraged Ontarians 'not to despair.'

Hillier estimated close to 80 per cent of long-term care homes have received at least the first dose of the vaccine, and 550 of 775 retirement homes in Ontario have also received at least a first visit, sometimes staff and essential caregivers getting vaccinated, as well. 

The province announced a three-phased roll out of the vaccine earlier this month. Priorities for vaccinations also include frontline workers and remote First Nation communities.

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