Ontario government 'regrets' error that led to false claim of COVID-19 vaccinations in LTC homes

WATCH ABOVE: Coronavirus: Ontario government accelerating vaccination of long-term care residents. Shallima Maharaj reports.

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story written by Global News contained details released by the Ontario government claiming all long-term care residents were offered at least one of the two doses. This story has been updated with a correction issued by the government.

Ontario’s minister of long-term care is apologizing for an earlier statement that claimed all residents in the province’s long-term care homes had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The province had promised to achieve that goal by Feb. 10, and this morning Long-term Care Minister Merrilee Fullerton said in a statement that the goal had been met.

But a spokeswoman for Fullerton issued a statement this afternoon that says residents in a few long-term care homes have yet to receive the first dose of the vaccine.

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Krystle Caputo says “ a miscommunication” was to blame for the error, which the government ‘regrets.“

She says the government expects the outstanding homes will be finished in the coming days.

The Ministry of Long-Term Care said earlier today that more than 62,000 residents had received the first dose of the vaccine, and more than 34,000 of them had received their second dose.

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The provincial government said it would maintain the recommended interval of 21-27 days for residents who received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

Meanwhile, Ontario reported 945 new cases of COVID-19 Thursday, although public health officials said that number was underreported.

Health Minister Christine Elliott said there are 258 new cases in Peel Region, 116 in York Region, and 112 in Toronto.

A spokeswoman for the ministry said that as Toronto continues to migrate its case counts to the provincial database, Ontario’s daily tally is underreported.

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