Ontario Wants To Make It Possible To Get Vaccinated At Pharmacies By April

Shoppers Drug Mart's president expects "firm plans over the next couple of weeks."
Ontario's Vaccine Roll-Out Could Include Vaccination Sites In Pharmacies By April

Today, the premier was joined by the head of Ontario's vaccination task force General Rick Hillier to provide an update on Ontario's vaccine rollout.

Hillier said that in phase two of the rollout, pharmacies and family physicians may be able to step in to administer vaccine doses to the public on a wider scale.

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It would be easy to make an appointment at a pharmacy and go get your vaccine there. General Rick Hillier

Pharmacies and physicians, along with mass vaccination sites and mobile vaccination clinics, could be participating in vaccine distribution by late March or early April.

Shoppers Drug Mart President Jeff Leger told CBC that he's had conversations with provincial officials about the next phase of the rollout.

"I'm confident we'll get some firm plans over the next couple of weeks. I would say they're very interested in having our help," said Leger.

Leger also estimated that, with all Shoppers pharmacies participating, millions of doses could be administered each week.

Until then, however, Hillier says that the province will continue to focus on providing first vaccination doses to staff and residents in long-term care homes across the province and delivering secondary doses to those who need them.

Phase one has been recently significantly delayed by a nationwide shortage of Pfizer vaccines, which Ford called "incredibly disappointing."

Because of this, the expected date to complete long-term care vaccinations across the province has been pushed to February 10.

To date, the Ontario government has fully vaccinated a total of 72,057 people.

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