Ford to make announcement in Ottawa this afternoon – .

Ford to make announcement in Ottawa this afternoon – .

Premier Doug Ford will make an announcement in Ottawa on Monday afternoon.

Ford will be joined by Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, Ottawa West-Nepean MPP Jeremy Roberts and The Ottawa Hospital President and CEO Cameron Love.

The announcement comes nearly two weeks after the province entered Stage 3 of the COVID-19 reopening framework on July 16.

Stage 3 allowed the resumption of indoor meals and the reopening of gymnasiums and theaters with capacity limits.

The provincial government has said Ontario will stay in Stage 3 for at least 21 days and until 80 percent of eligible residents 12 and older have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 75 percent received their second dose.

In addition, at least 70 percent of eligible residents in all public health units must be fully immunized for the province to move on to the final stage of the framework.

If all of these requirements are met, Ontario could move to step 4 at the end of next week, which would lift the majority of public health and workplace safety measures.

However, last week, Ontario’s top doctor recommended that 90% of eligible residents be fully immunized before taking the final step, due to the risk of the Delta variant.

“If we stay at about 20% of the unvaccinated population, we won’t create community immunity and you will get breakthrough infections in people who are vaccinated, because all people, especially those who are elderly, vulnerable or immunocompromised, will will have full protection from the vaccine, ”Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kieran Moore told reporters.

Currently, about 80 percent of people 18 and older in Ontario have received at least one dose and 67 percent have received two doses. Meanwhile, 64 percent of youth ages 12 to 17 have received a dose and 40 percent are fully immunized.

The provincial government has not said whether it will increase the threshold for fully immunized Ontarians before entering the final stage of the plan.

Ford is expected to speak at 1:15 p.m. and will broadcast the announcement live.


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