"Peter, great news! I got my COVID shot. My wife, too. And we have our second one scheduled!"
Voice message left on my phone, yesterday
Guest Post by Sandford Borins
Vaccine supply (a federal responsibility) has been slow until recently because Canada no longer has manufacturing capacity and because the government decided to buy or option lots of vaccine but was flexible about delivery dates.
|Borins, at the British Museum, pre-COVID|
The Onterio government has completed vaccinating all residents of seniors homes and most health care workers and is now beginning the general population, by age. A province-wide booking website (sole-sourced to Deloitte, another Ford Government no-brainer) is due to launch next Monday. Meanwhile numerous hospitals and municipalities have set up their own booking sites. I registered my 97 year old mother a little over a week ago on one of the Toronto hospital sites and she was vaccinated (Pfizer) yesterday, among the first at the hospital. Her second shot will be in late June, because the government has decided on a four-month delay between shots (to get more first shots done). My 61 year old brother is likely to be vaccinated in a pilot program to vaccinate 60-64 year olds with AstraZeneca. I've booked with the same hospital as my mother and as a 71 year old will be vaccinated in May, or maybe April if things are going well.
The retired general who was hired to run the vaccination rollout in Ontario is telling people not to overload the booking system when it launches next Monday and, if they've already booked with a hospital or municipality, not to double-book. Fat chance.
Meanwhile, Toronto is still in near-lockdown (no public places open, no in-restaurant dining, limits on customers in essential and non-essential stores) and the province is preparing field hospitals for a possible third wave due to the new variants.
I wanted to be explicit about all this so that my U.S. classmates don't think I'm always portraying a northern utopia, especially in health care.