In an announcement on Thursday afternoon, Premier Ford confirmed that Ontarians between 12 and 17 years old can book an appointment for their first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine later this month.

This includes family members of youth in this age group who have not yet received their first dose, he said. The Pfizer vaccine was approved for children 12 and older by Health Canada earlier this month.

"This is our best tool to ensure we have a safe and healthy return to in-person learning for all teachers and students," he said.

On the subject of reopening classrooms, Ford said that while there are some doctors who want to open the schools, "teachers' unions are saying that we can't do that right now."

"We need public health doctors, teachers and labour partners to agree on the best path forward," he added. "For the time being, we will need to continue with virtual learning. We will take this time to vaccinate as many teachers and students as possible."

In the same announcement, Ford confirmed that Ontario's stay-at-home order will be extended until June 2 to ensure the most normal summer possible.