News Officials expect 8.5 million people in Ontario to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by end of June SHARE ON: Casey Kenny, staff Tuesday, Dec. 29th, 2020 (supplied by Pixabay) It’s expected 8.5 million people in Ontario will be vaccinated against COVID-19 by the end of June. Retired General Rick Hillier, the head of Ontario’s vaccine distribution task force, provided an update Tuesday morning on the province’s three-phase vaccination plan. Phase 1 will be completed around the end of March, Hillier says, with about 1 to 1.5 million Ontarians being vaccinated. In April, phase 2 will start with another 7.5 million people vaccinated with 15 million doses by the end of June. Phase 3 will then begin late in the summer with anyone who wants a vaccine being able to get one. Nineteen hospitals across Ontario are now able to administer immunizations. Health Canada approved the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on December 9th and the Moderna vaccine was approved on December 23rd.