Ontario Reports 346 New Cases of COVID-19, 13 Deaths and Record Number of Vaccinations – .

Ontario Reports 346 New Cases of COVID-19, 13 Deaths and Record Number of Vaccinations – .

Ontario is today reporting 346 new cases of COVID-19 and 13 virus-related deaths.

Health Minister Christine Elliott said there were 64 new cases in Toronto, 39 in Waterloo Region, 34 in Peel Region, 32 in Gray Bruce and 24 in the area served by the Office of Porcupine health.

Today’s data is based on over 25,600 tests performed.

The health ministry says 286 people are in intensive care because of the virus and 183 are on a ventilator.

Ontario says it has administered a record 256,260 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine since Friday’s report, for a total of more than 13.8 million.

Young people between the ages of 12 and 17 who live in designated hotspots for the Delta COVID-19 variant can book expedited appointments for the second dose of vaccine today.

Health units covering Durham, Halton, Hamilton, Peel, Porcupine, Simcoe-Muskoka, Toronto, Waterloo, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph and York are considered hot spots for the most communicable variant.

This demographic will have the option to re-book their second doses starting at 8 a.m. today, through the provincial reservation portal, pharmacies or their local health unit.

The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is the only vaccine currently authorized for use in young people in Canada.

Vaccines have been booked four months apart in Ontario, but the province is offering more people the option to shorten the interval as the vaccine supply increases.

Young people elsewhere in the province will keep their second dose appointments for now, but the province says it aims to speed up the doses for them before school returns in September.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on June 26, 2021.




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