Premier Doug Ford issued the following statement today on the province’s readiness for the delivery and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines:

“Ontario is ready to receive COVID-19 vaccines as soon as they are available.

Following yesterday’s Health Canada approval of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, and with the province now having confirmed all necessary security measures are in place, we expect a very small number of doses to arrive in the coming days. Beginning Tuesday, December 15, these first doses will be administered at University Health Network and The Ottawa Hospital to health care workers who are providing care in long-term care homes and other high-risk settings. Ottawa has been selected in part to test and validate provincial distribution networks, as well as in recognition of the challenges the region has faced with certain long-term care home outbreaks.

Additional details on the rollout of these initial vaccines will be released tomorrow, following today’s meeting of the COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Task Force.”