First COVID vaccines in Ontario to be administered Tuesday in Toronto and Ottawa

Healthcare workers in long-term care homes and high-risk settings first to get the shot

The first COVID-19 vaccine in Ontario will be administered on Tuesday.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford issued a statement Thursday, saying the first doses will be administered at University Health Network in Toronto and Ottawa Hospital. Those receiving the first doses on December 15 will be health care workers based in long-term care homes and other high-risk settings.

“Ottawa has been selected in part to test and validate provincial distribution networks, as well as in recognition of the challenges the region has faced with certain long-term care home outbreaks,” reads the statement.

Further details of COVID-19 vaccine rollout plans are expected tomorrow, following a meeting today with Ontario’s distribution task force.