FORD GOVERNMENT MAKES PLANS TO DISTRIBUTE COVID VACCINES

Nov 16, 2020

By Christine Ross

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The Ford government is watching advances in COVID vaccines after Monday’s announcement that another pharmaceutical’s vaccine is showing promise. The Premier says the  moment Ontario receives its share, they’ll be out the door. Health Minister Christine Elliott says there is a team planning distribution and storage…and who should get vaccinated first.

“In addition to vaccine experts, we also have ethicists in this group to help us make sure it’s distributed fairly and equitably and to the people who absolutely need it the most,so this is a top priority for us” Elliott told reporters.
Doug Ford is coming the defence of his long term care minister once again after the N-D-P accuse Merrilee Fullteron of downplaying how many seniors are getting sick and dying in long term care.
In a statement, the official opposition accuse the minister of playing a “callous numbers game to avoid having to spend money to hire staff ” by highlighting homes without cases.
“So knowing Minister Fullerton, I talked to her for an hour yesterday, and she’s fully engaged,” said Ford.
So far, over 2,145 long term care residents have died of COVID-19 in Ontario and more than 250 of those died in the second wave and hundreds more are infected.
The Zoomer advocacy group CARP has launched a petition urging Minister Fullerton to resign.
FROM NDP
FACT CHECK: Fullerton plays percentages while residents die in long-term care
For months, Merrilee Fullerton, Doug Ford’s Minister of Long-Term Care, has downplayed how many seniors are getting sick and dying in long-term care, playing a callous numbers game to avoid having to spend money to hire staff and implement infection control measures.
On Sept. 22, there were 58 resident cases:
“Ninety-nine per cent of our long-term-care homes have no resident cases.”
– Merrilee Fullerton (Hansard link)
On Oct. 5, there were 136 resident cases:
“98% of our long-term-care homes have no resident cases.”
– Merrilee Fullerton (Hansard link)
On Nov. 2, there were 530 resident cases and the Minister said:
“The vast majority of our homes, 94% of them, right now have no resident cases.”
– Merrilee Fullerton (Hansard link)
Today, there are 716 resident cases and the Minister said:
“Ninety-two per cent of our long-term-care homes in Ontario have not a single resident case.”
– Merrilee Fullerton

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