COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Task Force and Immunization Program

Published on November 25, 2020

The government is creating a Ministers’ COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Task Force, building on the steps the government has been taking to prepare for the delivery of a vaccine.

The task force will advise the province’s development and implementation of an immunization program, including the ethical, timely, and effective distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in Ontario.

Rick Hillier, former Chief of Defence Staff for the Canadian Forces and Commander of the NATO-led forces during the War in Afghanistan, has been named Chair of this new task force, leading the largest vaccine rollout in a generation.

His extensive leadership experience in providing governance, strategic and public policy advice, and leading multiple national and international endeavours will help lead Ontario in the successful implementation of the COVID-19 immunization program.

The COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Task Force members will include cross-government and external representation with diverse expertise. Other members of the COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Task Force will be announced in the coming days.

The task force will provide advice and recommendations on the timely and efficient execution of Ontario’s COVID-19 immunization program. It will ensure the province can immunize people as quickly and safely as possible, as the various vaccines in development become available.

The province is planning the early rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine program with vaccines from both Pfizer and Moderna.

Planning is already underway with provincial partners to prepare for the receipt and rollout of the vaccine.

Confirmed allocations of the number of doses and schedules for delivery to Ontario are expected shortly. The government will provide updates as more details are made available.

While there is light at the end of the tunnel, it’s important to keep in mind that a vaccine is still months away. Please continue to follow public health advice in order to limit the spread of COVID-19 and keep our communities safe.

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