Feb 02, 2021

By Christine Ross

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The vaccine roll out to Ontario nursing homes is being delayed.

“I can’t stress how frustrating that is, but we continue to press ahead,” said Premier Doug Ford.

The goal to get first COVID-19 vaccine shots to all long term care and high risk retirement home residents is being bumped by five days to February 10th, due to delays in shipments.

Task Force Chair Rick Hillier says the new deadline for the first shot is February 10th and then when supply stabilizes, it’ll be then offered to other high risk groups.

“And then we’re going to go back to those homes and offer that same opportunity to the essential caregivers and the health care workers and staff who work in the homes,” said Hillier.

But as for the rest of the population, Task Force Chair Rick Hillier says it’s anybody’s guess.

“We can’t lay out a specific date and time for when an age bracket will be available or have vaccines available.”

The province was expecting more than 200,000 doses this week and instead it got fewer than 90,000.

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