Roll up those sleeves — the provincial government has just announced where and when the first Ontario COVID-19 vaccine doses will be delivered.

Premier Doug Ford announced in a statement on Thursday that the first COVID-19 vaccines will be administered on Tuesday, December 15, at University Health Network in Toronto and the Ottawa Hospital. 

The first vaccines will go to health-care workers who provide care in long-term care homes and other high-risk locations.

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December 15

When Ontario will administer its first COVID-19 vaccines

In the statement, Ford said only a "very small number of doses" will be available to begin with. 

Health Canada approved the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine yesterday, as officials in provinces around the country began to unveil the particulars of their vaccine distribution plans.

Ontario has revealed a three-part distribution plan, which starts with health-care workers and vulnerable communities receiving the vaccine first.

The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine must be kept at a very cold temperature, reports NPR, meaning only a certain number of hospitals have the refrigeration capacity to store the vaccine.

Officials expect most Ontarians will start receiving their COVID-19 vaccines in April 2021.

And the Government of Canada plans to have every Canadian vaccinated by the end of 2021.

 
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