By Canada Day, more than two-thirds of Ottawans may be vaccinated against COVID-19
Ottawa’s current vaccine distribution plan could see more than two-thirds of its population receive COVID-19 vaccinations in time for Canada Day, according to a recent memo issued by Anthony Di Monte, head of Ottawa’s emergency services, and medical officer of health Dr. Vera Etches. The plan would see four community clinics vaccinating thousands a day at the peak of the campaign, starting as soon as needed. However, officials do acknowledge that achieving such a goal will depend on Ottawa receiving the full estimated number of doses from the province. Other areas of Ontario have been hit much harder by COVID-19, which could affect how many doses Ottawa gets.
Phase 1 of the vaccination rollout covers priority groups that include health care workers and those in long-term care homes. Phase 2 should begin in March and involve vaccinating up to 600,000 more people in Ottawa. The city will employ mobile vaccination teams, pharmacies, and hospital clinics to distribute vaccines in addition to the community clinics.
Source: CTV Ottawa