On December 10, 2020, Chief Commissioner Ena Chadha wrote to General (Retired) Rick Hillier and the Vaccine Distribution Task Force to stress the important role that human rights principles, considerations and obligations should play in vaccine distribution planning.
General (Retired) Rick Hillier responded to that letter on February 3, 2021, to state that the OHRC’s Policy statement on a human rights approach to managing the COVID-19 pandemic and related guidance helped inform the development of an ethical framework for vaccine distribution, and that the framework should be read in conjunction with the Policy.
View General (Retired) Rick Hillier’s letter: [link to PDF in English only]
Letter to retired General Rick Hillier on human rights principles and considerations for coronavirus vaccine distribution
December 10, 2020
While the coronavirus does not discriminate, data tells us that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to the fore profound systemic inequalities, and has exacted a devastating social, economic and health toll on Ontario’s most vulnerable people and communities. I am writing today to stress the important role that human rights principles, considerations and obligations should play in vaccine distribution planning.