Ontario Accelerates Rollout Of Second Shots

Friday May 28th, 2021

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Ontario has reached a key milestone in its fight against COVID-19, with its target to administer first doses to 65% of Ontarians aged 18 and over ahead of schedule, they are now preparing to roll out the eligibility for accelerated second dose appointments.

If there is sufficient vaccine supply, it is anticipated that the majority of Ontario residents who choose to receive the vaccine will be able to be fully vaccinated by the end of summer.

“Team Ontario has shown what we can do when we have a steady and reliable supply of vaccines,” said Premier Doug Ford. “Having made so much progress administering first doses, we are now in a position to begin delivering second doses for a two-dose summer. If we receive more vaccines from the federal government, we’ll be able to accelerate our rollout further to offer more protection to Ontarians even sooner.”

To support this accelerated rollout, the province has developed an anticipated schedule for eligibility to accelerate second doses based on confirmed 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 31st, 2021, followed by individuals aged 70 and over scheduled to begin the week of June 14th, 2021.

The province will then continue to expand eligibility for second dose appointments based on date of first dose.

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