Provided by the Government of Ontario
Today, Premier Doug Ford issued the following statement marking General Hillier’s last day of service:
“Four months ago, the Government of Ontario announced the Minister’s COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Task Force with General Rick Hillier at the helm. They faced a daunting task, helping to launch the largest vaccination rollout in a generation.
General Hillier accepted this leadership role with determination, drive and total commitment. As he finishes his mission with the Task Force – on behalf of the government and the people of Ontario – I would like to express our sincere thanks.
Implementing the COVID-19 immunization program required the kind of military leadership and precision that General Hillier is known for. Through the collective efforts of General Hillier and our amazing task force we are now in a position to carry this battle forward to completion.
Operation Remote Immunity was launched to protect the most vulnerable populations in the province. Mass vaccination sites, mobile and hospital clinics are up and running. Booking a vaccination appointment can now be done through our centralized online booking system and we have expanded access to vaccinations through pharmacies and primary care providers.
General Hillier is a master tactician and his logistical expertise and insight have been critical in helping us develop our vaccine distribution plan and navigate the many challenges getting infrastructure in place to ensure the success of Ontario’s vaccination program.
And we are making tremendous progress and getting needles in arms. In fact, we now have over two million doses administered across Ontario and are ready to continue as soon as vaccines are received from the Federal Government. We will not rest until every person in Ontario who wants a vaccine, gets a vaccine.
Thank you, General Hillier, for putting us on solid footing as we move forward in our fight to eliminate COVID-19.”