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Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout gets needed boost from pharmacies

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Ontario expanded its coronavirus vaccine rollout this week with the addition of pharmacies and physicians’ offices to its immunization framework.The pilot project officially launched Friday in Toronto, Windsor-Essex, Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox and Addington public health units.At 8 a.m., the doors to Shoppers Drug Mart at Lawrence Avenue East and Kennedy Road in Scarborough swung open to welcome vaccine recipients.“We’ve been waiting for this moment since the beginning of the pandemic,” said pharmacist Victor Wong.The pharmacy received 500 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine and by 2 p.m., staff had administered more than 100.“This marks the beginning of the end of what’s been such a tumultuous year.” WHO says continue to use AstraZeneca.

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