I've received many calls from constituents regarding the COVID-19 Vaccine. I know how eager many of you are to receive the vaccine.
The federal government has advance agreements with several manufacturers to purchase COVID-19 vaccines, once the scientific studies are completed and the vaccines are approved for use in Canada. After independent and thorough scientific reviews for safety, efficacy and quality, Health Canada has approved two vaccines for use in Canada:
- Pfizer-BioNTech – approved on December 9, 2020
- Moderna – approved on December 23, 2020
Over 80,000 people to date have been administered the Pfizer vaccine in Ontario, and frontline health care workers who participated in the successful Pfizer pilot program in Toronto and Ottawa are receiving their second doses this week.
On December 30th, Ontario received nearly 53,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine from the federal government. This first shipment is being used for a pilot in Toronto, York, Peel and Windsor-Essex to vaccinate residents at long-term care homes and high-risk retirement homes.
All residents, health care workers and essential caregivers at long-term care homes in the priority regions of Toronto, Peel, York and Windsor-Essex will have the opportunity to receive a COVID-19 vaccination by January 21, 2021.
Ontario will continue to focus on vaccinating vulnerable populations, and those who care for them, as more vaccines become available. An estimated 2 million vaccine doses are expected to arrive throughout the winter during Phase One of the province's vaccine implementation plan.
For more information on the staged rollout of vaccines in Ontario, visit Ontario.ca/covidvaccine