20 pharmacies situated in COVID-19 vaccination hotspots will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The announcement came just one day after Premier Doug Ford’s office warned of vaccine delays. The first shipment, estimated to contain 389,000 doses, was set to arrive in mid-April.
These doses have been postponed until the end of May, according to the province. The province of Ontario will receive 395,460 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine this week, followed by 393,970 over the next two weeks. The age limit for the AstraZeneca vaccine has been reduced to those aged 40 and up. The number of Pfizer vaccines may also increase now that the federal government has obtained an additional 8 million doses.
The government is allowing pharmacies to provide walk-in services, but residents should check to see if they are offering by appointment only, walk-in services, or both. According to the government, now there are more than 1,400 pharmacies in Ontario that are administering the vaccine.