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Ontario to begin vaccinations next week in Toronto, Ottawa


Ontario will administer its first COVID-19 vaccines next Tuesday at two hospitals in Toronto and Ottawa, the province confirmed Thursday as it recorded a record high number of new daily cases.

The first vaccines will go to health-care workers at long-term care homes and other high-risk places, Premier Doug Ford said in a news release.

More details are set to be provided on Friday, Ford’s statement said.

Toronto has been hard hit during the first and second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Ottawa, which recorded just 56 new cases on Thursday, was 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,” the premier said.

Ontario reported single-day highs of 1,983 new COVID-19 cases and nearly 62,000 tests earlier Thursday.

The additional cases include 515 in Peel Region, 496 in Toronto, 208 in York Region and 112 in Windsor-Essex.

Other public health units that saw double-digit increases were:

Hamilton: 75
Waterloo Region: 65
Middlesex-London: 61
Ottawa: 56
Durham Region: 55
Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph: 55
Simcoe Muskoka: 54
Halton Region: 51
Niagara Region: 35
Eastern Ontario: 23
Southwestern: 17
Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington: 17
Thunder Bay: 13
Brant County: 11
Renfrew County: 11

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