Gen. Rick Hillier, the head of Ontario’s Vaccine Distribution Task Force, said on Tuesday that the Ontario government expects to vaccinate approximately 8.5 million people against COVID-19 by the end of June.
Hillier laid out the three-phase plan, providing the number of Ontarians expected to be vaccinated based on vaccine supply.
He said Phase 1 will be completed roughly by the end of March with about 1 to 1.5 million Ontarians being vaccinated — which includes health-care workers and First Nations communities.
Phase 2 will then begin in April and have another 7.5 million people vaccinated with 15 million doses by the end of June. Phase 3 will then begin late in the summer which includes anyone who wants to get a vaccine.
So far, 19 hospitals across Ontario are equipped with administering the immunizations.
Hillier said the Moderna vaccine has not arrived in the hands of the task force in Ontario, but that he expects it arrive within 24 hours.
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