Updated information as of February 3, 2021
February 3, 2021
Many of the details on how Willowdalers will receive their vaccine are still being finalized between the province and Toronto Public Health. We'll make sure you receive those details as soon as we have them through Vaccine Update emails like this one.
At this point, I can share a time-line for Phase 2 of the vaccine roll-out which we hope will begin in late-March or early April (depending on availability of the vaccine) and be completed by the fall, 2021.
As you may know, we are currently in Phase 1 of the vaccine roll-out. That means we are vaccinating front-line health care workers and those in long-term-care homes. We had hoped to be finished Phase 1 last Friday, but a temporary lack of vaccine delivery to Canada has put us a little behind schedule. We are on track to have Phase 1 finished by February 10, 2021.
Until Phase 2 begins in the spring, we are putting together a plan to have nearly 40,000 people per day vaccinated, and we are building to triple or quadruple that number depending on availability of the vaccine from the federal government.
Phase 2 will mean vaccines will be offered to those who want to receive them, beginning with those 80 years of age and older; then aged 75 - 80; then aged 70 - 75 and so on.
I have had a lot of requests to be put on a “list” to receive the vaccine. Presently, no such list exists. We are working on creating an IT system so people can register to book an appointment when their age bracket or other criteria comes up.
I will share the registration site with you via email as soon as it is available. As well, when you have your first vaccination you will also be able to book an appointment for the second dose.
I am happy to report that vaccinations during Phase 2 will be available in hospitals, but will also be administered by family doctors and pharmacists.
I hope you will find this information helpful. As soon as I hear any more details of the vaccine roll-out, I will let you know by e-mail or if you'd prefer not to receive these updates you can unsubscribe by clicking the link at the very bottom of this message.
In the meantime, this link will give you more details of the roll-out plan.
Finally, our daily case numbers recently have been decreasing and that’s good news, but until we can vaccinate everyone who wants to receive a vaccine, please continue to follow public health guidelines.
Stay safe, we are almost there!