Ontario Premier Doug Ford to receive Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine Friday

Published April 9, 2021 at 1:42 pm


Ontario Premier Doug Ford will receive a COVID-19 vaccine today.

He is scheduled to receive an Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine dose at a pharmacy in Etobicoke.

He will become the latest politician in Canada and around the world to be publicly vaccinated against COVID-19.

Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott publicly received a shot last month in a bid to combat hesitancy.

Premiers of Quebec, Manitoba, New Brunswick and the territories have also publicly shared their vaccinations, as well as world leaders.

Ford will get his first shot as appointment bookings open to some residents aged 50 and older in Toronto and Peel Region.

Toronto says people who live in hot spot neighbourhoods can book an appointment to get their shot, while Peel has opened the bookings for anyone in the age group.

Toronto says doses for that age group may be available as soon as this week and it will begin to administer the vaccine to those residents on Monday.

The Ontario government said earlier this week that people aged 60 and over were permitted to book their vaccine appointments in every region.

The province said Thursday that it had administered 108,563 more doses of COVID-19 vaccines since the previous day’s report.

A total of 2,834,784 vaccine doses have been given in Ontario so far.

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