Ontario may be experiencing its second wave, but Ford says his government is prepared to meet the challenge. Ontario's COVID-19 plan was released on Tuesday. It outlined six pillars that will be used to combat the spread.
The measures range from reducing backlogs in the health-care system to launching the biggest flu shot campaign in the province's history.
Today, Premier Doug Ford and Health Minister Christine Elliott announced that they'd be investing $70 million into the campaign, stressing the importance of immunization.
“Anyone at all in Ontario who wants to get a flu shot will be able to,” Ford explained.
"Please make sure you get yours. It’s never been more important."
Flu vaccines will be made available at pharmacies.
The province's six-pillar COVID-19 plan is as follows:
Maintain strong public health measures, including continued expansion of testing and case contact management.
Quickly identify, manage, and prevent COVID-19 outbreaks.
Accelerate efforts to reduce health service backlogs.
Prepare for surges in COVID-19 cases.
Recruit, retain, train and support health-care workers, while also continuing to engage families and caregivers.
Implement the largest flu immunization campaign in Ontario's history.
Ford and Elliott told reporters that in the coming days, they will continue to explain the different pillars of the plan so that everyone is aware of what's being done.
Ford has been hinting at the provincial fall plan for weeks now, as cases have increased significantly in recent weeks.
The province has also seen a sharp increase in demand for testing, prompting Ford to promise thousands of new assessment centres.
This week, Ford announced that Ontarians will soon have the ability to get COVID-19 tests done in pharmacies. He hopes that as many as 60 pharmacies will provide tests by the end of this week.
Today Ontario announced 478 new cases of the disease. the highest daily increase since May 2.
Ontario has reported 47,752 lab-confirmed infections to date.