Ontario Premier Doug Ford remains optimistic, despite delays with the shipment of vaccines.

"Anyone who wants a vaccination, I'd say by the middle of July, should be able to have a vaccination, again God willing we get these vaccines," he said Friday.

His comments came after news of delays with Moderna and Pfizer vaccines.

The premier also seasonal operators to be patient, saying he hoped to have vaccines in April, May and June. If the shipments came through as promised, this would help the restart of the economy.

At the same time, Ford recalled how they had seen the number of new cases drop -- almost to double digits -- only to watch them rebound. 

During Friday's media briefing, the premier also addressed interprovincial travel concerns in the northwest, saying he had to figuratively pull his northern affairs minister Greg Rickford off the ceiling earlier in the day. Rickford was upset by news of an exemption for cottagers, who might still be visiting northwestern Ontario during Ontario's province-wide shutdown.

"Folks in Manitoba and Quebec, I love you guys, but please don't visit Ontario right now. Likewise, for the people of Ontario, don't go to Manitoba. Don't go to Quebec," he said.

In response to the situation, the Northwestern Health Unit issued a notice to residents of Manitoba. The message asked them to self-isolate upon entry into Ontario for 14 days.

Also, for Manitoba residents visiting their cottage, the health unit's message noted there is a provincial order in place that states you can stay for no more than 24 hours, unless your visit is going to be at least two weeks.

While at the cottage, Manitoba residents are asked not make any stops -- including gas or groceries -- and they should stay on your property at all times.

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