It looks like Toronto COVID-19 restrictions could be in place for a while yet, says one Toronto expert.

Jeff Kwong, associate professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, is urging Torontonians to practice patience.

He said, in an email to Narcity, that vaccine rollouts could take a while and that we should expect to have COVID-19 measures in place for months to a year from now.

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We will have to continue our current public health measures for a number of months, maybe a year.

Jeff Kwong

"It's going to take time to get everyone vaccinated. [...] There will be many obstacles to overcome," he said, some of which include waiting for supplies of vaccines, determining the priority groups, and distributing and administering the vaccines.

Premier Doug Ford has been putting pressure on the federal government to provide further details on when Ontario will receive the vaccines and how many there will be.

He called the lack of information "unacceptable" at a press briefing on Monday. 

Today, the province named its COVID-19 vaccine task force, led by Gen. Rick Hillier, who will be responsible for Ontario's rollout.

 
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