Ontario's Hospitals Are Preparing For 'Mass Vaccination Programs' Again & Here's Why

The head of the Ontario Hospital Association said that it's "a race against time."

Ontario's Hospitals Are Preparing For 'Mass Vaccination Programs' Again & Here's Why
Toronto Associate Editor

Amid the growing concerns of the new Omicron variant, Ontario's hospitals are preparing to accept more residents for vaccination appointments again.

"Ontario hospitals are moving to implement instructions to urgently re-activate mass vaccination programs," the President and CEO of the Ontario Hospital Association, Anthony Dale, tweeted on Monday night.

"This will have a major impact on clinical services but there's no other choice. As we said on Saturday, this is truly a race against time."

On Saturday, the OHA released a media statement that touched on the increase in COVID-19 cases and how vaccination is the province's "best defence in [the] race against COVID-19", especially with the new variant taking hold in Ontario.

"Over the past several days, there has been a sharp increase in the number of daily new cases of COVID-19 in Ontario and a significant increase in the proportion of those cases made up by the highly transmissible Omicron variant. These are very concerning signs, particularly as the colder weather and holiday season increase the likelihood of indoor social gatherings," Dale wrote in the December 11 statement.

Ontario's first cases of the Omicron variant were first reported at the end of November, and since then, there have been growing concerns about how transmissible this new variant is. Recently, nine Ontario sports teams have been linked to a COVID-19 outbreak concerning the new variant with over 500 people at risk of exposure, too.

On Friday, December 10, Ontario announced new COVID-19 health measures in response to Omicron, which will bolster the province's proof of vaccination system as well as boost its vaccine rollout for third doses in the coming months.

As of January 4, 2022, Ontarians 18 and over will be eligible to start booking their appointments for booster doses.

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Alex Arsenych
Toronto Associate Editor