COVID-19 vaccine update: Ontario to offer Moderna in up to 60 pharmacies in hot spot areas

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With COVID-19 vaccine deliveries to Canada ramping up, the Ontario government will start deploying mobile vaccination units to in Toronto, York and Peel.

Beginning on Friday, May 7, an initial rollout of up to five mobile units is planned, with each public health unit deciding the small to medium-sized businesses where these units will be deployed. The province has indicated that there is the possibility of expanding the program to 15 units, once it is fully established.

Additionally, workplace vaccination clinics, organized by large companies, are underway, including Maple Leaf Foods and Amazon Canada in Peel.

Moderna coming to pharmacies in hot spots

Ontario is expanding the distribution of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, extending it up to 60 pharmacies in Durham, Hamilton, Ottawa, Windsor-Essex and York public health regions’ hot spot areas for individuals aged 18 and over by the end of the week.

Here's where you can book a pharmacy appointment

At a press conference on Wednesday, Solicitor General Sylvia Jones said each individual pharmacy will administer one type of vaccine.

The provincial government has indicated that it plans to have first doses for the COVID-19 vaccine administered to 65 per cent of Ontarians age 18 and older by the end of May. Starting Thursday, Ontario residents 50+ will be eligible to book their vaccine through the province.

As of 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning, Ontario administered 132,603 COVID-19 vaccine doses in the past day, with 5,599,723 doses administered in total and 381,123 people in Ontario are fully vaccinated.

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