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Ontario officials expect to begin vaccinating people 80 years and over by the third week of March

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Today, retired general Rick Hillier, Chair of the COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Task Force revealed the proposed schedule for the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out and on March 15 the province will launch an online portal for booking appointments.

Leading up to March 15, health-care workers and essential caregivers for long-term care residents will continue to be receiving their vaccines.

The first group to be vaccinated will be 80 years and older, and by July 1, the province expects to be vaccinating Ontarians 60 years and over.

Hillier said essential workers can expect to receive their shots starting the first week of May and that those who qualify as essential workers will soon be determined.

Hillier also said, the proposed schedule will look something like this all being well with continued supply of vaccines:

  • April 15: vaccinations begin for people 75 years old and over.
  • May 1: vaccinations begin for people 70 years old and over.
  • June 1: vaccinations begin for people 65 years and over.
  • July 1: vaccinations begin for people 60 years and over.

It remains to be revealed when Ontarians under the age of 60 will begin receiving COVID-19 vaccinations.

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