Ontario Has Dibs On Up To 85,000 Moderna Vaccines & Here's Who Is Going To Get Them First

They're going to Canada's rural communities first.
Canada's Moderna Vaccine: Ontario Has Dibs On Up To 85,000 Doses & Here's Who Goes First

The Government of Ontario has released information about how many doses of Canada's Moderna vaccine they're expecting to receive and who gets them first.

Ontarians may not need to wait long, either, after Justin Trudeau announced today that Canada can expect to receive Moderna vaccines before the end of the year, pending Health Canada approval.

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85,000 Max number of Moderna vaccine doses earmarked for Ontario

In a release on the Government of Ontario's website, the province's COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Task Force wrote that it expects to receive 35,000 to 85,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine.

And in keeping with protocols for the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, the first doses will go to residents of long-term care homes; health care workers; adults in Inuit, First Nations, and Métis communities; and adult recipients of home health care.

But unlike the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, the Moderna vaccine is far more likely to be received by people in Ontario's more rural communities.

Trudeau said that because the Moderna vaccine does not have to be kept at the same ultra-cold temperatures as the Pfizer vaccine, they will head to more remote and rural parts of the country.

The Government of Canada confirmed today that the Moderna doses will be the first vaccines for the country's northern communities.

In total, Canada is expecting 40 million doses of the Moderna vaccine.

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