Ontario administers first COVID vaccine doses a day ahead of time

Dec 15, 2020

The first vaccine shots have been administered for COVID-19 in Ontario. The shots came a day ahead of schedule, but the province’s top doctor is warning the fight is far from over.

The first vaccines in Ontario went to a personal support worker in Toronto along with four of her colleagues at a long-term care facility.

About half of the 6,000 doses received over the weekend will go to people in Toronto and Ottawa. The other half will be held back to give the same people a second dose in three weeks.

Some people were calling Monday V-Day, for Vaccine Day.

Ontario frontline healthcare workers were the first in Canada to receive the COVID-19 vaccine Monday.
Credit Doug Ford / Twitter

But the numbers of coronavirus cases continue to climb and Ontario’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. David Williams, expects the worst is far from over.

“The record amount of testing over the weekend and the amount of positivity from the testing that’s in the cue coming up would not surprise me if we went over 2,000 cases in a day, which we have not breached so far," he said. "We might see that early this week here.”

Williams said the number of cases ending up in intensive care units is also concerning.

Meanwhile, Premier Doug Ford said the vaccines represent hope and proof that the pandemic will end, but he added that there is still a long road ahead.

"Today is a historic day for Ontario and Canada as the first Health Canada-approved COVID-19 vaccines have started to be given to our frontline healthcare heroes," Ford said. "We have started the biggest immunization program in a century. Today's vaccinations are the beginning of the long journey to return life back to normal."

WBFO's Marian Hetherly contributed to this story.