Ontario Premier Doug Ford says the light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter by the day as the province continues to ramp up toward administering 150,000 COVID-19 vaccines daily.
Ford spoke from a mass vaccination clinic in Hamilton on Thursday, stating that the province's vaccine booking system has already coordinated more than 225,000 vaccine appointments.
In total, more than 400,000 vaccination appointments have been booked and nearly half of the province's highest priority citizens have received their vaccines.
"We're making tremendous progress. In fact, as of last night, nearly 50 per cent of all residents aged 80 or older have now received at least their first dose," said Ford.
"That's absolutely remarkable, but we can do much more. We have the ability to administer over 4.8 million doses per month, and that's a conservative figure. In March we've only received enough supply to do just over 1.6 million. Clearly this math doesn't add up."
The premier said that the federal government needs to increase its efforts in order to ensure that Ontario has enough doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in order to fulfil its ability to deliver it through the infrastructure that has been put in place.
"This light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter every single day thanks to great work from our mayors and regions across the province, the public health units, the paramedics, all the hospitals and the nurses," said Ford.