"Flu shots will help reduce visits to our emergency rooms and doctors' offices during this season", he said.
"We are moving forward with this as quickly as possible", said Deputy Premier and Minister of Health Christine Elliott in the Queen's Park with reporters Tuesday. The first shipments of the flu shots should be arriving next week.
"We will be supplying that vaccine to residents of long-term care homes and staff members as well and people in hospitals and retirement homes and other places of congregate living", Elliott said.
"We know that a second wave is coming, we know that it will be more complicated than the first wave, we know it will be more challenging on the system".
He says the initiative will reduce pressure on the province's 147 assessment centres, some of which have seen long line-ups in recent weeks. "We need to make sure the COVID-19 test is just as easy", Ford added.
"Anyone at all who wants a flu shot this year can get one", said Ford.
Ontario Liberal Leader Steven Del Duca criticized the staggered roll-out of the plan, saying the approach is not clear or transparent.
Due to its comprehensive size and scope, Ford said the other elements of the fall preparedness plan will be revealed over the course of the next few days. "I'm shocked they're failing to do that". "If we laid it all down at once, the message isn't going to get out to the people".
Public Health data released Tuesday confirmed 478 new cases provincewide with 153 in Toronto, 95 in Peel and 90 in Ottawa.
Canadians across the country are finding it harder to get tested for COVID-19, as demand soars and the capacity to swab people and test those swabs in labs is maxed out.
"Failure to comply with this order could result in a fine of up to $5,000 for every day or part of a day on which the offence occurs or continues", Etches said on Tuesday.