The Government of Ontario has developed a three-phase vaccine distribution plan that sets the order and priorities for distribution for local public health units to follow. The groups selected in each phase are based on an ethical framework established by the province. The Government of Ontario has committed to distributing COVID-19 vaccines to priority populations in the highest risk areas as shipments are received from federal government suppliers.
The COVID-19 vaccine is free to anyone living in Ontario. The vaccine is not mandatory for the public but is strongly recommended to keep yourself and the community safe. The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit began distributing and administering the first allotment of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for our community on January 1, 2021.