Ontario targets Feb. 15 to vaccinate all nursing home residents

Jan 13, 2021

Ontario plans to administer the COVID-19 vaccine in all nursing homes and high-risk retirement homes by Feb. 15.

The province says residents, workers and essential caregivers at those facilities will get their first dose by that date.

The plan builds on an earlier pledge to give the COVID-19 vaccine to long-term care facilities in virus hot spots by Jan. 21.

The government says it's now able to move the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine safely to long-term care facilities, which has allowed it to speed up immunizations in nursing homes. Ontario is reporting more than 11,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered since the last daily update.

The announcement comes as 2,961 new cases of COVID-19 and 74 more deaths from the virus were reported in Ontario. Health Minister Christine Elliott said there are 738 new cases in Toronto and 536 in
the Peel Region alone.