As of Tuesday, May 25 over 57 per cent of area residents aged 12 and older have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Kenora-Rainy River MPP Greg Rickford praised the work of the Northwestern Health Unit during a conversation with the Q Morning Show on Tuesday.

"You know, we always said if we got the vaccines, we have no trouble getting them into people's arms and it's been just that," noted Rickford.

Rickford says the hope is to have the majority of the population vaccinated by the end of June.

"We hope that by the end of June, well over 2/3 of the entire province will be vaccinated and a significant and growing percentage their second one," Rickford added.

On Sunday, vaccine eligibility expanded to include everyone 12 years old and older. Those individuals wishing to get vaccinated can book an appointment through the provincial booking system or attend a walk-in clinic.

Additionally, select populations including First Nations, Inuit and Metis people and their household members, certain individuals with medical conditions and high-risk health care workers are now eligible to receive their second dose of vaccine. 

The health unit will be hosting mass-vaccination clinics in Dryden, Fort Frances, Kenora, Rainy River and Sioux Lookout this week.