Ontario expands vaccine rollout to family doctors, pharmacy pilot to start Friday

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TORONTO — Ontario says family doctors in six regions will start administering COVID-19 vaccinations to patients aged 60-64 this weekend.

Premier Doug Ford says the initiative will start in Toronto, Peel Region, Hamilton, Guelph, Peterborough, and Simcoe-Muskoka, with doctors starting to contact patients to book appointments today.

Ford says the primary care physicians will be administering the Oxford-AstraZeneca shot.

The province also says 325 pharmacies in three regions will begin administering the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine Friday to residents aged 60 to 64.

Ford says individuals in that age group can start making appointments today to get shots at pharmacies in Toronto, Windsor-Essex, and Kingston.

People will be able to make their appointments directly with the participating pharmacies.

Ontario reported 1,316 new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday and 16 more deaths linked to the virus.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 10, 2021.

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