Stricter measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and its variants could be on their way, as Premier Doug Ford announced on Tuesday enters phase 2 of the vaccine distribution plan

The situation is changing from day to day, hour to hour, Ford said, and he will never hesitate to do what is necessary to protect the people of Ontario

“I think we took a step forward last week by shutting down the whole province, thousands and thousands of businesses, which I hated to do, but we’re going to have new restrictions very soon,” he said. said Ford “We will discuss it tomorrow”

Ford expressed disappointment at the abundance of Ontarians who failed to follow public health protocols during a province-wide shutdown over Easter weekend , claiming that shopping center parking lots were crowded

Province also working on plan for teachers Ontario is working with school boards, education and health ministers More information to come, Ford said

Phase 2 focuses on age and at-risk populations to prevent further deaths, hospitalizations and transmission To support this, Ontario is increasing vaccine allocations to communities in COVID-hotspots- 19 in 13 public health units, targeting historic and current areas with high rates of death, hospitalization and transmission Province helping regions vaccinate people aged 50 and over by postal code in these COVID-19 sensitive areas

In addition, this phase will prioritize people with the most at-risk health conditions in April As of April 6, people with the following most-at-risk health conditions will be eligible for the COVID vaccination- 19 in Ontario:

Patients with the specific health conditions listed above, as well as their essential caregiver will be identified for vaccination due to an increased risk of serious illness and death from COVID-19, regardless of their age

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Province expects to reach majority of this group through hospital clinics by end of April 2021 Patients in most-at-risk clinical groups will be contacted by their health care providers to schedule an appointment you for a vaccination

The Ministry of Health is working with Ontario Health, as well as with networks like the Ontario Renal Network and other clinical organizations and immunization partners, to identify and vaccinate these patients and their caregivers as soon as possible

On March 15, Ontario launched its provincial reservation system and call center to support appointment scheduling for COVID-19 vaccination at mass vaccination clinics The system has already supported the immunization of other groups identified in phase 2, including people aged 70 and over, with many public health units using the provincial reservation system to offer appointments for the elderly. 60 years of age and over as of April 7, 2021 at 8:00 am

Other groups who will become eligible to receive vaccines under Phase 2 of the Ontario Immunization Program include:

Ontario continues to work with public health units to provide vaccines to other phase 1 populations

To date, there have been over 14 million appointments already booked, however, there are over a million people eligible for a vaccine

For residents aged 80 and over, there are over 88,000 who have not made an appointment

With a steady supply of the COVID-19 vaccine expected from the federal government, more than 9 million Ontarians will be offered their first vaccination between April and the end of June 2021

“This is the largest mass vaccination campaign in the province’s history, with 9 million more doses expected to be delivered by the end of June,” Ford said “If we all stay the course, continue to follow public health guidelines, and get a vaccine when your turn comes, we’ll have a brighter summer for all of us.””

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