1st round of COVID-19 vaccinations complete at LTC homes in 7 regions across Ontario

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The Ford government says the first round of COVID-19 vaccinations has now been completed in long-term-care homes in seven regions across the province.

That list includes Toronto, Peel, York and Windsor-Essex, the four regions with the highest COVID-19 transmission rates, as well as Ottawa, Durham Region and Simcoe Muskoka.

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“This is the first of many victories to come against this deadly and ruthless enemy we face,” Premier Doug Ford said in a statement. “We are making steady progress, but we will not rest until the residents and staff of every long-term care home and all Ontarians have had the opportunity to get a vaccine.

“Only then will we be able to get our lives back and return to normal.”

The province says 40 per cent of all care homes across Ontario have had a chance to get the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine while 83,000 long-term care residents, staff and essential caregivers have been vaccinated.

The province has a timetable to try and get a first round of vaccines to all homes across the province by Feb. 15.

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According to the Ministry of Long-Term Care, there have been 3,256 deaths reported among residents and patients in long-term care homes across Ontario since the pandemic began last year.

Ten virus-related deaths in total have also been reported among staff of the homes.

These represent well over 50 per cent of the 5,614 COVID-19 related deaths in Ontario so far.

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