“Based on what we know of upcoming deliveries, anyone looking to get vaccinated in Ontario could be fully vaccinated by the end of August,” Premier Doug Ford said Friday.
“Ontario is ready to deliver a two-dose summer,” said Ford.
In documents released Friday, officials said second shots from Pfizer and Moderna could be done earlier depending on when their first dose was taken – a strategy they call “first in, first out”.
Regarding the new dosage interval, Ontario officials said it could be as short as 28 days, meaning people eligible for an expedited appointment for the second dose must have had their first. injection at least 28 days before, and probably only for those who receive injections after May 31 to prioritize the first doses.
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Ontario said people 80 and over can start rescheduling an earlier appointment starting Monday, May 31.
People aged 70 and over can make an earlier appointment starting Monday, June 14.
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The dosing interval has been extended in Ontario to four months between the first and second injection. However, a portion of the population, such as residents of long-term care homes and retirees, high-risk First Nations and healthcare workers, and some high-risk individuals have already been eligible for a second injection. .
Ontarians between the ages of 12 and 25 will become eligible for a second injection in early August, before school starts.
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The province has carried out the first doses for 65% of the adult population, officials said. Over 8.6 million doses of the vaccine have been administered and nearly 625,000 Ontarians are fully immunized with two shots.
Ontario expects to receive 4.7 million COVID-19 vaccines in June, the majority being Pfizer, with a few Moderna and AstraZeneca.
The administration of second doses will support the province’s “roadmap to reopening”, which includes reaching a key threshold of 20 percent of fully vaccinated adults for stage 2, officials said.
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Options for booking a second dose include mass vaccination clinics, pop-up / mobile clinics, hospitals or pharmacies, and primary care.
For those who have booked at a pop-up clinic – but did not have a date set aside for a second injection – they have the option to make an appointment at any available vaccination center when they are eligible for a second injection. .
“You are in the COVAX system, it has been recorded. Your date of your first dose has been recorded. When it’s time for your second dose… you will be contacted, ”said Health Minister Christine Elliott, referring to those who may have gone to a pop-up clinic for their first dose and failed. have not received a date for their second.
Elliott said if eligibility opens earlier to get a second dose sooner, a person can reserve one.
Ontario has said it encourages Ontarians to check the provincial website, the websites of local public health units or participating pharmacies to review the options available for second injections.
Anyone who wants to receive their second dose in a different setting than their first vaccine will be able to choose a different location for their final vaccination, officials said.
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AstraZeneca COVID-19 second dose
Ontario has said second doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine will continue at a 12-week interval, using the same “first in, first out” method.
For those who received their first dose in mid-March (March 10 to March 19), an exception was made so that they could receive their second injection at 10 weeks due to expiration of doses.
Officials said about 3% of AstraZeneca doses were wasted, out of a supply of around 45,000 doses that expire Monday and another 10,000 that will expire in late June.
These doses will be available at participating pharmacies where available.
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