News Health-care and long-term care workers in Toronto and Ottawa to start receiving COVID-19 vaccine next week SHARE ON: Casey Kenny, staff Thursday, Dec. 10th, 2020 (supplied by Pixabay) Health-care and long-term care workers at two hospitals in Toronto and Ottawa will be among the first to receive the newly approved COVID-19 vaccine. Ontario Premier Doug Ford says the province will begin inoculating the workers next week. Ford says Ontario will begin receiving dozens of doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 in the next few days. Health Canada approved the vaccine for use on Wednesday. The federal government has said Canada as a whole will receive 249,000 doses of the vaccine by the end of December.