Coronavirus Canada Updates: Ontario to open call centre, web portal for vaccine shots

Coronavirus: Ontario expecting shorter timeline for COVID-19 vaccine rollout
Coronavirus: Ontario expecting shorter timeline for COVID-19 vaccine rollout

10 am The head of Ontario’s vaccination distribution task force said the province is preparing to open a call centre and online booking system for COVID-19 vaccinations.

Retired general Rick Hillier told CBC’s Power & Politics said he hopes the province will start vaccinating people in the general population over age 80 by the first week of March.

“We’ll roll out in the next week-and-a-half or so a call centre where people who are not used to going online can call and reserve an appointment in a place close to them based on their OHIP card and their postal code,” he said.

Hillier said the province has vaccinated around 10 per cent of the population who are over age 80 as part of the phase one plan to vaccinate high-risk Ontarians, namely long-term care and retirement home residents.

The province announced on Sunday that all long-term care home residents have received the first shot of the vaccine.

On Monday, Toronto officials said all staff and residents of long-term care homes in the city will have had the opportunity to receive their second vaccine doses by today (February 16). There are 87 such facilities in Toronto, including the 10 city-run care homes.

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