Province exploring online vaccine booking options as it prepares for phase two of inoculation effort

Stay-at-home order extended for Toronto, Peel, North Bay-Parry Sound

The provincial government expects those seeking a COVID-19 vaccine during phase two of the program will be able to book their shot online.

Premier Doug Ford said Friday the province is in the midst of ramping up its vaccine program, following delays in supply from the manufacturers. This comes as the province surpassed 500,000 doses administered.

“I want to assure the people of this great province that we are ready to get vaccines into as many arms as possible, we simply need the supply,” said Premier Ford. “Our Vaccine Task Force, led by General Hillier, is executing our vaccine distribution plan with military precision and we have now administered over a half a million doses. This is great progress, but we would all like to be moving faster. I urge our federal government partners to do whatever it takes to get us more vaccines so we can better protect people and eventually defeat this deadly virus.”

Queen’s Park announced on Friday that the government is exploring methods of online vaccine booking for those identified as phase two recipients. Ford pointed out there will be in-person options for those who cannot or will not go online. “We are ramping up our Phase One program now that supplies are arriving again,” said General (Ret’d) Rick Hillier. “Our focus continues on our populations of highest risk, but we are also refining the systems and processes required for mass vaccinations in Phase Two. Our Ontario health care workers have done an exceptional job of completing the first 500,000 vaccinations and I want them to know that they are the real heroes of this important work.”

It is expected that phase two of the province’s vaccination program will kick off around the beginning of April.

Meanwhile, the Ford Government also announced on Friday that it is extending the Stay-At-Home order for Toronto, Peel Region, and North Bay-Parry Sound another two weeks until at least March 8, due to key health indicators surrounding COVID-19.