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Ontario Expanding Pharmacy and Primary Care Locations for COVID-19 Vaccinations

Ontario Expanding Pharmacy and Primary Care Locations for COVID-19 Vaccinations

across Kenora–Rainy River to offer AstraZeneca vaccine to individuals aged 55+

KENORA, ONTARIO  ~~~~~~  April 1, 2021  (LSN)  The Ontario government is steadily increasing capacity in its COVID-19 vaccine rollout with the addition of over 350 pharmacies across the provinces, including 3 pharmacies in Kenora–Rainy River in Kenora, Dryden and Fort Frances.

“This is tremendous news for the people of Kenora–Rainy River, as adults aged 55 and over are now able to make appointments to receive the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at local pharmacies,” said Greg Rickford, MPP for Kenora–Rainy River. “Our government stands ready to drastically increase the number of vaccines we can administer once we receive a steady and reliable supply from the federal government.”  

Across Ontario, nearly 700 pharmacies will be delivering the COVID-19 vaccine. All of these locations will be offering the AstraZeneca vaccine to individuals aged 55 and over. It’s expected there could be approximately 1,500 pharmacies offering vaccines by the end of April. 

"Ontario's capacity to get needles in arms continues to grow by the day," said Premier Doug Ford. "Thanks to the determination and commitment of members of Team Ontario we are ahead of schedule and administering more vaccines than all of the other provinces combined. We are ready to dramatically increase the number of vaccines we can administer once we receive a steady and reliable supply from the federal government."

"Thanks to the hard work of our dedicated frontline health care providers, Ontario's vaccine rollout in primary care settings and pharmacy settings has been a success," said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. "With more locations coming on board, these settings will make receiving the COVID-19 vaccine easier and more convenient for eligible populations across the province. I encourage everyone to sign up when it's their turn. Until we receive enough vaccines so that the majority of Ontarians can be vaccinated it remains critical for everyone to continue following public health measures, we know work and keep us safe."

The province also continues to work with primary care professionals to offer vaccinations in primary care settings and community locations, such as physician offices, in collaboration with public health units. This initiative is expanding from locations in six public health unit regions to offering the vaccine in every region across the province covering all 34 public health units.

Additional pharmacies and primary care settings will continue to join and increase access points for vaccine across the province.
 

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