Ontario Pharmacies and Primary Care to begin offering COVID19 vaccines

By: Laura Steiner
Ontario pharmacies will begin distributing the COVID19 vaccine on Friday March 12, 2021.  The announcement came from Ontario Premier Doug Ford,  Solicitor General Sylvia Jones, and Health Minister Christine Elliott.
“We are just ramping up and mobilizing even more members of  Team Ontario in our pharmacies and primary care settings,” Ford said.  325 pharmacies will be offering the AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD vaccine to eligible Ontarians 60-64 years of age.  The age range is defined as those born between 1957-1961.
Appointments are being booked effective today in Toronto, Windsor-Essex, and Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington.  “Opening up new channels to deliver the vaccine, through trusted health care partners like pharmacies and primary care providers, will enable us to reach even more people,” Jones said.   Physicians’ offices in Hamilton, Toronto, Peterborough, Simcoe-Muskoka, and Peel, will begin offering the vaccine as of Saturday March 13, 2021.
Health Canada approved AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD February 26, 2021.  Johnson & Johnson was approved March 5, 2021 for use in Canada.  Ontario will be activating its online booking system Monday March 15, 2021.  Some Public Health Units, including Halton have been taking bookings for residents 80 years of age and older who live in the community.
To find a pharmacy location offering the vaccine visit the province’s website.