Even that may not be enough during the early rush to book appointments. The launch of the new system comes during the first of three stages of the province’s vaccination rollout. The first stage, which includes high-risk groups such as health-care workers and people 80 years old and over, is expected to cover 1.8 million residents.
Nearly 1.2 million have already had at least dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 285,000 have been fully vaccinated — leaving hundreds of thousands of shots still be administered within this group.
Ford on Sunday was careful to warn people younger than 80 not to try booking Monday, potentially overwhelming the system. “It’s critical that everyone in Ontario understands how this works,” he said.
Hillier also acknowledged the possibility of a temporary breakdown. “Sometimes systems go down for awhile,” he said, adding that if this one does, “we’ll get it back up.”
Depending on how the bookings proceed, all eligible people from phase one could be vaccinated by early April — at which point Ontario will allow those in their late seventies to begin booking appointments.
This will mark the beginning of phase two, expected to cover nine million Ontario residents aged 60 and above, as well as people who live or work in higher-risk situations (homeless shelters, correctional facilities, school teachers, among many other groups.
This phase is expected to last until early July when the remainder of the province’s adults can book what would by then be a well tested system.
People will receive their vaccinations in any number of venues, including from their family doctors, in pharmacies, mass vaccination clinics, mobile sites and public health units.
NEW CORONAVIRUS CASES IN OTTAWA AND ONTARIO
Ford hosted his news conference on a day when the number of new COVID-19 cases jumped to 1,747 compared to a seven-day average of 1,401.
The province blamed some of the jump on a data catch-up, resulting in a statistical anomaly. Health units on Sunday reported 15 new deaths across the province compared to a seven-day average of 12.
There were 601 residents in hospital Sunday, a net decline of 88 from the previous day. Two hundred and eight two people were in intensive care (up seven from the previous day) and 186 on a ventilator (up 11).
Ottawa Public Health, meanwhile, reported 68 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, down from 94 cases on Saturday.
There have been a total of 15,562 total cases of COVID-19 in the city since the pandemic began more than one year ago. There have been 447 deaths.
There are currently 611 active cases, including 36 people in hospital, three of which are in the ICU.
QUEBEC COVID-19 NEWS
Quebec reported 674 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday.
A total of 297,592 infections have now been confirmed in the province since the first one was reported in February of 2020.
Quebec also announced that five more fatalities had been attributed to the virus, three of which occurred in the last 24 hours for which there is data.
The United States has administered 105,703,501 doses of COVID-19 vaccines in the country and distributed 135,846,665 doses as of Saturday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.
According to the tally posted on March 12, the agency had administered 101,128,005 doses of the vaccines and distributed 133,337,525 doses. The agency said 68,884,011 people had received at least one dose, while 36,929,777 people were fully vaccinated.
India reported the year’s biggest daily increase in COVID-19 cases on Sunday, with 25,320 new infections, a day ahead of a lockdown in the western state of Maharashtra, the epicenter of the renewed surge.
The rise was the biggest since Dec. 16, according to federal health data. India is the third-most affected country globally with 11.36 million cases, behind the United States and Brazil.
Italy is seeing a steady rise in coronavirus infections but a national vaccination campaign and tougher restrictions mean numbers should start improving in late spring, the health minister said.
The UK variant represented 54% of cases in the latest study by Italy’s Superior Health Institute, ISS, but the percentage was expected to be higher now, the minister added.
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