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TORONTO — Ontario plans to start administering COVID-19 vaccines to residents aged 80 and older in the third week of March.

Retired Gen. Rick Hiller, the head of the province’s vaccine task force, has presented a firmer timeline for distributing the shots, noting that the schedule is dependent on vaccine supply.

An online booking system and service desk will become available on March 15 and people in that 80 and older age range, or those booking, for them can access it.

Hillier says the task force aims to then vaccinate adults aged 75 and older starting April 15, and shots will go to those 70 and older beginning May 1.

He says people aged 65 and older will be vaccinated starting June 1.

Vaccinations in populations considered high-risk, including Indigenous adults, will continue during that phase and essential workers will begin getting their shots in May.