Ontario Accelerates Rollout of Second Shots Targeting a Two-Dose Summer

First doses of the Pfizer vaccine, for anyone 12 and up, will be available at Real Canadian Superstore on Murphy Road and the Shoppers Drug Marts on Exmouth Street, Michigan Avenue and Lakeshore Road in Bright's Grove.

Starting on Monday, residents 80 years old and up can start booking their appointment for a second dose on the province's booking site for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine.

As the vaccine rollout has picked up steam in Ontario there have been growing calls for the province to start accelerating second doses.

"Minimizing wastage will allow us to offer second doses of Astra Zeneca to fully vaccinate people faster, which in turn will support safe reopening of our communities and economy".

In a letter to her provincial and territorial counterparts, federal Health Minster Patty Hajdu encourages provinces that aren't able to get their AstraZeneca doses into people's arms by the end of the month to give them to provinces that can.

This week, the province opened second-dose eligibility to those who received a first dose of AstraZeneca and more than 100 pharmacies in Toronto were slated to receive that supply.

"We think about it and talk about it many times every day because we do want to provide the best options for everyone, regardless of what product they got for dose one", she said.

Reimer said they don't want to provide a second dose that might provide less protection. This means older children could be fully vaccinated prior to returning to school in September. The premier also said Ontario residents are "paying the price" for bad policy at the border.

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Week of June 14: individuals aged 70+. The first group who will be eligible to book will be people who received their first dose between March 8 and April 18. Earlier this week, health officials confirmed that those who had already received their first dose will soon be able to get their second. For example, this included individuals aged 50 and over, as well as individuals with high-risk health conditions.

Ontarians who received their first shot between May 10 and May 30, and those who cannot work from home and who have at-risk health conditions, can then book their second shot starting August 2.

Week of August 9: individuals who received their first dose from the week of May 31 onwards on a "first-in, first out" basis, respecting the recommended intervals.

While the interval between first and second doses can be up to 16 weeks, Ontario will begin to offer second dose appointments at an earlier interval, based on availability of vaccines.

How can Ontarians book their second dose appointment?

Moeti, said that 54 African countries have endorsed a resolution to strengthen local vaccine production through transfer of knowledge, technology and innovation alongside waiver of patents owned by multinational pharmaceutical firms.

Second doses can also be booked (without a first appointment) in the provincial booking system.

Ontario has already begun offering second doses of COVID-19 vaccines at a shortened interval to certain groups, including high-risk health care workers, individuals with certain health conditions and First Nations, Inuit and Métis individuals.

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