Provincial vaccination effort mirrors local successes, with all hot spot long-term care homes inoculated

Provincial accomplishment comes same day local health unit announces total LTC inoculation

The province confirms it is having as much success vaccinating long-term care (LTC) homes as the local health unit has.

Premier Doug Ford announced on Tuesday all residents at LTCs in the four major hot spots have been vaccinated ahead of schedule. Those hot spots include Toronto, Peel, York, and Windsor-Essex.

“This is the first of many victories to come against this deadly and ruthless enemy we face,” said Premier Doug Ford. “We are making steady progress, but we will not rest until the residents and staff of every long-term care home and all Ontarians have had the opportunity to get a vaccine. Only then will we be able to get our lives back and return to normal.”

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This comes the same day the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) announced it has vaccinated all residents of LTC in the region who are eligible and want one.

To date, more than 40 per cent of all long-term care homes across the province have had an opportunity to receive the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and more than 83,000 long-term care residents, staff and essential caregivers have been vaccinated. It is expected the province will complete the vaccination of LTC residents across all of Ontario by February 15.