Ontario confirms another 57 cases of COVID-19 variants

Province Confirms 975 New Cases of COVID-19 This Morning

Province Confirms 975 New Cases of COVID-19 This Morning

Public health officials say if you have a fever or COVID-19 symptoms, you should wait to receive a vaccine.

"Unless you're 80 years old, or unless you're acting to get a reservation for somebody who's 80 years old or more, please do not go online", said retired Gen. Rick Hillier on Wednesday.

Hillier said he would love to say by "Labour Day weekend we're gonna have every single person in Ontario who is eligible and who wants a vaccine to have one".

Dr. Adalsteinn Brown, co-chair of Ontario's science advisory group, is to present new modelling data Thursday on the state of COVID-19 in the province.

He says people aged 65 and older will be vaccinated starting June 1.

The federal government also assured provinces that vaccine supply is ramping up after months of delays.

After registering on a provincial website or through a call centre starting March 15, residents will be notified of the time, date and place to receive their vaccinations.

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At the moment, the province will still work to vaccinate patient-facing health-care workers, people in long-term care homes, retirement homes and remote communities.

Opposition leaders criticized the announcement that the portal was still weeks away contending that other province already has their online portals up and running.

In Quebec, people 85 years of age or older can begin to make an appointment to get vaccinated on February 25.

Meanwhile the Ford government is being criticised for the slow rollout when compared to provinces like Alberta and Quebec.

Hillier said he would have liked to have seen the booking system up and running sooner but noted that it hadn't been required for the high-priority populations the province has so far focused on vaccinating, such as those in long-term care. The city has also begun administering the vaccines to some first responders, such as firefighters and paramedics. A total of 602,848 vaccine doses have been administered.

More infectious COVID-19 variants will likely make up 40 per cent of new cases in Ontario by mid-March, an expert group said Thursday, calling it a "minefield" the province will need to navigate very carefully. According to the government's announcement, the Accelerated PSW Training Program is a tuition-free opportunity for 6,000 new students and is expected to take only six months to complete, rather than the typical eight months.

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