Jan 20, 2021
By Jane Brown
Ontario’s premier says the goal has been met; to give COVID-19 vaccinations to long term care home residents, staff and essential caregivers in Ontario’s COVID hotspots by Thursday January 21st.
In fact, Doug Ford said Tuesday, they were two days ahead of schedule in getting it done.
“And we are well on our way to meeting our targeted delivery of these vaccines to all of our long term care homes across the province by February 15th,” Ford explained.
Meantime, tense words have been exchanged between Ford’s Long Term Care Minister Merrilee Fullerton and opposition NDP Leader Andrea Horwath.
Fullerton is blaming Horwath for creating hysteria around the increasing number of COVID-19 outbreaks in long term care during the second wave.
“And I’ll just say how disgusting it is to see the opposition NDP, Andrea Horwath, using misinformation to create anxiety and fear amongst staff in long term care homes and also for the residents and families,” Fullerton
In response, Horwath posted on Twitter:
“3200 long term care residents have died (after contracting COVID-19).
What’s “disgusting” is Minister Fullerton downplaying this crisis.”
Horwath goes on to say she wants the helping hands of Canadian Armed Forces members sent into hard-hit homes to ease the struggle without delay.
Premier Ford has given no indication he is planning to send in the military to some homes again as he did in the Spring.
Critics, including the Zoomers’ group CARP, say Ford doesn’t want it highlighted how little has been done to protect residents in the second wave.