Family doctors in Mississauga, Brampton and Hamilton will start giving COVID-19 vaccinations today

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Some family doctors in Ontario including Mississauga, Brampton and Hamilton will start administering COVID-19 vaccinations today.

The province announced this week that some family doctors in Toronto, Peel Region, Hamilton, Guelph, Peterborough, and Simcoe-Muskoka will be administering the Oxford-AstraZeneca shot.

The Ontario Medical Association says physicians in those regions are asking for patience as they begin administering doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca to people aged 60 to 64 years old on Saturday.

They are asking people not to call their doctors' office, saying that physicians will contact eligible patients.

The doctors are getting a limited number of doses -- some 29,500 shots -- but that could increase as more vaccine shipments arrive.

Another pilot project offering Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines to residents aged 60 to 64 in pharmacies in three public health units - Toronto, Windsor and Kingston - launched fully on Friday.

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