Provincial leadership is hoping to expand mobile COVID-19 vaccination teams across the province, once supply of the vaccine allows.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford made the announcement earlier this week during his virtual daily press conference that mobile vaccination teams will be targeting highly impacted neighbourhoods in Toronto and Peel with pop-up and mass immunization clinics.
Individuals aged 18 and over in the designated hot spots will be eligible for the vaccine. Ford says their mobile teams plan to work with high-risk settings, residential buildings and faith-based locations to host the additional clinics, which will not use the provincial booking system.
When asked about the initiative expanding to hot spots in other public health units in the future, Premier Ford says it all depends on the supply of the vaccine.
“We’re just waiting for more supply. We just need more supply from the feds, who are working hard. We’re ramping up pharmacies. Up to 1,400 pharmacies out of 3,200. As soon as we get that supply, we’ll continue to ramp it up. As soon as we get the supply, we’ll be able to get that done. I know everyone’s anxious. But it’s coming soon, folks.”
Ontario notes they’ll also be working with large employers on employer-operated onsite vaccination clinics, which will be funded by the employer. These clinics would vaccinate all consenting employees over the age of 18, as well as members of the community.
Ontario reports they're continuing to increase vaccination rates as supply increases. The province administered the first 1 million doses in 81 days after the start of the vaccination process, the second million doses in 17 days after reaching the first milestone, and 13 days to administer the third million doses after reaching the second milestone.
Kenora Rainy-River MPP Greg Rickford says by the end of this stay-at-home order, which is currently set to end on May 6 if it's not extended, Ontario’s goal is to vaccinate roughly 40 percent of the population.
Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms or who has been in contact with a positive case should immediately self-isolate, get tested and remain in isolation until your test results are known.