Government of Ontario

Doug Ford must take action on vaccine shortage in Oshawa, Durham region

Published on March 31, 2021
March 31, 2021
QUEEN’S PARK – Doug Ford needs to take immediate action on the vaccine shortage in Oshawa and Durham region, said NDP MPP Jennifer French (Oshawa) during question period Wednesday. 
“My office is being flooded with calls and emails from people in Oshawa and from across the Durham region about vaccines. Everyone is concerned about the health and well-being of their loved ones,” said French.
“Durham region needs more access for more people to more vaccines. There are vaccine doses sitting in freezers in Ontario. We need to ensure that all communities have what they need—and Durham region has what it needs. Durham region health department is now at the top of the list, with the fifth-highest number of cases per capita in the province."
Durham Region Health Department reported a shortage of vaccines, while Durham Regional Council adopted a resolution for pharmacies in Durham region be added to the government of Ontario’s pilot project immediately.
“We are all stressed and struggling with the threat of more lockdowns. People deserve fair access to vaccines. It does not make sense that Durham region has been left out of the government pharmacies pilot for the vaccine,” said French.
“Will the premier commit today to meeting the needs of people in Oshawa and to adding Durham region pharmacies to the pharmacies pilot program for vaccines?”
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