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Ontario surpasses 150,000 daily vaccines administered, over 2,500 new COVID-19 cases reported

Last Updated May 17, 2021 at 11:33 am EDT

TORONTO, April 22, 2021 People wearing face masks line up for COVID-19 tests outside a COVID-19 testing clinic in Toronto, Canada, on April 22, 2021. As of Thursday afternoon, Canada's COVID-19 cases surpassed 1,150,000, hitting 1,152,717, including 23,811 deaths and 1,044,255 recoveries. (Photo by Zou Zheng/Xinhua) (Credit Image: © Zou Zheng/Xinhua via ZUMA Press)

Ontario is reporting 2,584 new COVID-19 cases and 24 additional deaths on Saturday as the province hit its daily vaccination target of 150,000 vaccines administered for the first time.

The province’s test positivity rate is 6.2 per cent.

Locally, there are 689 new cases in Toronto, 584 in Peel, 252 in York Region, 157 in Durham and 115 in Hamilton.

There were 42,320 tests completed in the last 24 hour period, down slightly from the 44,000 a day ago. The province reported 2,362 cases and 26 deaths on Friday.

There were 3,063 more resolved cases reported, dropping the active case count by more than 475. There are now 1,546 people hospitalized in the province with 785 in intensive care units.

A total of 154,104 vaccinations were administered Friday, hitting the province’s target capacity since the COVID-19 vaccine campaign began this year.

Premier Doug Ford has said between mass immunization sites, pop-up clinics, pharmacies and hospital clinics, the province has a capacity to administer 150,000 doses every day.

A graph tracks the progress of Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign. Graph by Dr. Jennifer Kwan (@jkwan_md)

Supply challenges of vaccines have prevented Ontario from hitting that target. A steady supply of the Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine expected for the rest of May and June.

Canada announced Friday that Pfizer would be increasing its delivery next week from two million to 3.4 million. The country will be receiving 4.5 million vaccines between Pfizer and Moderna next week.