Goal of vaccinating 90% of Ontarians possible with targeted measures, public health officials say – CBC

Public health units to focus on vaccine hesitant and bringing doses directly to people

Aug 26, 2021

Ontario public health officials say they believe the province will be able to immunize 90 per cent of its population fully against COVID-19 by focusing efforts on those who are vaccine hesitant and bringing doses directly to people.

Dr. Kieran Moore, chief medical officer of health for Ontario, says the province has an “aspirational goal” of vaccinating 90 per cent of eligible Ontarians as part of what the province calls its “Last Mile Strategy.” If that goal was reached, he said Ontario could be free of pandemic waves in six to eight months, he said.

“When you get immunized, it is an act of community,” Moore told reporters this week.

Dr. Vinita Dubey, Toronto’s associate medical officer of health, and Dr. Lawrence Loh, medical officer of health for Peel Region, say their public health units are making efforts to reach those who have not yet had a first shot of a COVID-19 vaccine in a bid to slow the fourth wave of the pandemic. The delta variant is now the dominant strain in Ontario.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/public-health-officials-ninety-percent-fully-vaccinated-goal-possible-ontario-1.6153756

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