Ontario hits major COVID-19 vaccine milestone
“We are delighted to announce that as of today [December 2], 90 per cent of Ontarians aged 12 and over have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, providing greater protection from the virus and its variants.
"This huge step in Ontario’s vaccination plan is thanks to the incredible efforts of all levels of government, public health units, health care partners and the millions of Ontarians who have stepped up to get vaccinated.
"Thank you to those organizations that helped us get vaccines distributed quickly and efficiently to all parts of the province, and to the dedicated healthcare providers and frontline workers for getting vaccines into the arms of Ontarians.
"From the beginning of the pandemic, our government’s top priority has been to protect the health and safety of Ontarians, and we continue to focus on this with thousands of vaccines being administered every day.
"We know vaccines are the best defence against this virus and through our last mile strategy, we’ve worked hard to get the vaccines to people, wherever they are located.
"We are seeing the rewards of these efforts with Ontario’s hospital and ICU capacity remaining stable and reporting among the lowest rate of active cases in the country, well below the national average. In addition to today’s milestone, more than 87 per cent of Ontarians aged 12 and over have received their second dose; the vaccination of children aged five to 11 is well underway and booster shots are being administered across the province to those who are eligible." ■