Ontario launches largest flu vaccination campaign in its history

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Large crowds are seen at Trinity Bellwoods Park in this file

Ford said administering a province-wide flu immunization plan is the first pillar to the government's fall preparedness plan to countering the incoming second wave of COVID-19. "It is easy to get a flu shot and we have to make sure a COVID test is just as easy".

The first piece, announced yesterday, involved purchasing millions of seasonal flu shots that the government is encouraging all residents to get. Ford says it's essential for Ontario residents to get their flu shots this year to help preserve hospital capacity as COVID-19 numbers continue to climb.

The measures range from reducing backlogs in the health-care system to launching the biggest flu shot campaign in the province's history.

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These funds will be used to accelerate the scale-up of vaccine manufacturing to reach Covax's goal of 2 billion doses by 2021. Efforts to raise funds for research and development, and additional vaccine doses for low-income countries, continue.

We now have 65 COVID-19 patients in the hospital and 22 are in the ICU. It's absolutely critical. Folks, we need your help. On Tuesday, 478 were recorded in the province, with 425 new cases reported the previous day.

Ontario's Ministry of Health is reporting 65 new cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa today, the second highest number of new cases of novel coronavirus in September.

Premier Ford also announced that three of Ontario's hospitals will begin saliva testing for COVID-19, including Mount Sinai in Toronto.

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That's prompted widespread concern from scientists and vaccine experts , anxious that the schedule is unscientific. Given the data showing that some groups are more vulnerable to the effects of COVID-19, Dr.

No person was listed as hospitalized nor are any people in intensive care.

Globally, the pandemic has infected roughly 31.2 million people resulting in 962,613 deaths, according to the World Health Organization.

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