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Ontario expecting shorter timeline for COVID-19 vaccine rollout, next steps in plan to be revealed Friday [Video]

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TORONTO –Ontario will prioritize age and risk in the second phase of its vaccination plan and will rely on pharmacies to deliver the AstraZeneca vaccine to residents who fit those categories.

The province is set to reveal the long-anticipated next steps of its plan tomorrow, CTV News Toronto has learned, and will outline a quick-paced timeline for vaccines between March and early June.

"It's going to be based on age and at risk," said Health Minister Christine Elliott on Thursday.

"People with certain health conditions will be moved forward as a priority population, people in certain areas of Ontario, where they've had higher than usual transmission of COVID-19."

Sources with knowledge of the plan said while age is the priority, the province will advise public health units to also focus on at-risk groups and communities with the highest rates of transmission, hospitalization and death.

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Coronavirus case map: These are the hotspots for infections in B.C. right now [Video]

Metro Vancouver and Whistler continue to be the hottest of hotspots for COVID-19 infections in B.C., while caseloads in the north of the province have been shifting from the coast to the Interior, according to the latest map from the B.C. Centre for Disease Control.