Kenora-Rainy River MPP Greg Rickford says he’s encouraged to see large shipments of COVID-19 vaccines make their way to Canada this week, and he’s expecting doses to reach the region soon.

Canada is expecting about 649,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines between Pfizer and Moderna this week, representing the largest number of doses delivered in a single week in Canada.

“We’re getting more needles than ever. That’s for the entire country of Canada though, so that doesn’t go very far,” said Rickford, who also serves as the as Minister of Northern Development and Mines, Energy and Indigenous Affairs.

“When it comes to Ontario and the Northwestern Health Unit, we will continue to put the priority on the most-vulnerable frontline workers and Indigenous communities.”

After the completion of phase 1 of the vaccine’s rollout, Rickford notes Kenora will be hosting one of Ontario’s mass vaccination sites, expected to be at the Kenora Recreation Centre.

“Very soon we’ll start to see seniors vaccinated. And we’ll receive them at the same time as other people across the province," adds Rickford. 

Seniors aged 80 or older are able to book their COVID-19 vaccination appointment as of March 15, announced by provincial leadership on Wednesday.

Retired General Rick Hillier, who leads the vaccine’s rollout in Ontario, added that those in the other age brackets will be able to book their appointments two weeks prior to their brackets vaccination date.

April 15 - Those over the age of 75 will be able to book their COVID-19 vaccination appointments.
May 1 - Those over the age of 70 will be able to book their COVID-19 vaccination appointments.
June 1 - Those over the age of 65 will be able to book their COVID-19 vaccination appointments.
July 1 - Those over the age of 60 will be able to book their COVID-19 vaccination appointments.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has repeatedly said that every Canadian who wants to get vaccinated will be able to by the end of September, 2021.

Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms, or who has been in contact with a positive case, is asked to self-isolate, get tested, and remain in isolation until your test results are known.

For more information:
General population to start being vaccinated next month
Premier says Ontario preparing for mass vaccination sites