Shorter second dose intervals will begin with older residents who received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.
"Every dose administered means we are one step closer to the end of the pandemic, and I encourage all Ontarians to get vaccinated and continue following public health advice".
On Friday morning, provincial health officials released an update to its COVID-19 vaccine rollout plan and provided a first look at booking second doses, as Ontario has hit its target of administering first jabs to 65 per cent of all adults in the province this month.
For those who received their first dose between March 8 and April 18, they can start booking their second dose in the week of June 28, depending on supply. This will begin with individuals turning 80 and over in 2021, who will be eligible to book their second dose appointment expected to begin on May 31, 2021 at 8:00 a.m., followed by individuals aged 70 and over scheduled to begin the week of June 14, 2021.
Currently, second doses are already being administered to long-term care, retirement homes, First Nations Elder care residents, high-risk healthcare workers, people with certain health conditions and First Nations populations. Second doses based on age will primarily be a factor for those 70 years old and up, unlike the strategy for first doses which was allocated based on age groups.
Officials are encouraging residents to book their second appointment using the same channel as the first. For example, this included individuals with the highest-risk health conditions and special education workers.
Residents can also keep their original appointment date if they want.
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.
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.
Most people in B.C. will be able to get the second dose of their COVID-19 vaccine around eight weeks after their first dose.
The setback comes as the province tries to put about 55,000 doses of AstraZeneca into people's arms before the vaccine expires at the end of May.
Earlier in the day, Ontario Pharmacists Association (OPA) said pharmacies in Toronto that were supposed to receive the soon-to-be expired AstraZeneca vaccine doses had yet to receive that supply. Earlier this week, health officials confirmed that those who had already received their first dose will soon be able to get their second.
The AstraZeneca vaccine has been linked to rare, potentially fatal blood clots, prompting several provinces to recently limit its use as they await further research. Currently, AstraZeneca doses in the province and future shipments have been earmarked for second doses, with first-dose appointments halted due to low supply of the serum.
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.
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