Ontario to release plan to counter fall second wave of coronavrius today

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She says a second wave will be more complicated to respond to because of flu season and the need to address the province's surgery backlog. "It is just better if we take the flu shots", Ford said.

Ford said the goal of the first pillar is to help hospitals across Ontario maintain capacity with the use of the flu shot.

Premier Ford has announced some details of the provincial government's plan to prep Ontarians for a second wave of COVID-19.

The province completed 31,700 tests yesterday. That is 700,000 more doses than the approximate amount administered previous year.

Flu shots are available each year to Ontario residents over the age of six months through their primary health-care provider's office and public health units.

That includes a significant increase to the Canada Health Transfer, more support for Ontario's beleaguered long-term care system, taking "a more active roll" in COVID-19 testing, and more actively enforcing quarantine requirements for those entering Canada. Elliott encouraged all residents in the province to get the vaccine as soon as possible.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says some elements of the plan are already being implemented, including a ramp-up in testing.

Premier Doug Ford says the latest campaign is part of the province's comprehensive plan to prepare the health system for a second wave of COVID-19.

"We want everybody able to receive the vaccine to go and do that", Elliott said.