Ontario accelerating 2nd COVID-19 vaccine doses in hotspot areas

Ontario accelerating 2nd COVID-19 vaccine doses in hotspot areas

Ontario accelerating 2nd COVID-19 vaccine doses in hotspot areas

As of June 14, residents in Toronto, Peel Region, Porcupine, Halton Region, Waterloo, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph and York Region will be eligible to book their second doses if they received their first dose before May 9.

"As has always been the case, public health units have the ability to focus vaccine administration in certain communities within their region based on local context", provincial officials confirmed.

For those who received the AstraZeneca vaccine, the Ford government has kept the recommended interval at 12 weeks if you received it as your first dose, regardless of what kind of vaccine you plan to get as your second dose.

"Mobile vaccine units supported by province operated pop-ups and employer-led clinics that provided first doses in Peel, Toronto and York public health regions will also begin operating second dose clinics beginning the week of June 20, 2021", notes the province.

Primary care providers will also be reaching out to book appointments.

Ontario can expect the current decline in COVID-19 cases to continue for approximately 10 days; however, the latest modelling briefing, presented to reporters at Queen's Park on Thursday, warns that the Delta variant (formerly B.1.617) will likely become the dominant strain in Ontario over the summer. Individuals who received a COVID-19 vaccine outside of Ontario or Canada are required to provide proof, such as a vaccination receipt or certificate, to their public health unit in order to be registered in the system.

Over 73 per cent of adults in Ontario now have at least one dose of a vaccine, while roughly 11 per cent are now fully immunized.

There are nearly 1.4 million people fully-vaccinated with double doses of vaccine.

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