COVID-19 vaccine eligibility expanded to include children as young as 12

Tanya Simon
May 25, 2021

It comes less than a week after Ontario began allowing all adult residents to book an appointment to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

"So the sooner the remaining people who have not been vaccinated get vaccinated the better".

Eligible Ontarians are those who were among the first cohort aged 60 to 64 vaccinated between March 10 and 19 as part of a pilot project involving 325 pharmacies in Toronto, Windsor and Kingston.

The province says it made the schedule change at the request of public health units. Over 59 per cent of the population aged 18 and over have received at least one dose, and more than 495,000 Ontarians are fully immunized, including 96 per cent of long-term care residents.

Earlier Friday, Ontario's top doctor said the province is moving forward with administering the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine for second doses only.

"Would two shots be enough or will it have to turn into a three shot regiment, so I think most people that I'm experiencing are excited just to say, 'we know if we get the two shots we're done, '" he says. According to the OPA, anyone whose pharmacy is not participating will be given the opportunity to reach out to another that is taking part.

There's growing research about the best time to get the second AstraZeneca shot.

As for severe adverse effects, the risk of a blood clot from a second dose of AstraZeneca is one in approximately 600,000, said Williams.

Cases of VITT are reportedly lower with second doses than with first, NACI said.

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Walensky noted that people with compromised immune systems should speak to their doctors before giving up their masks. President Joe Biden wearing a face mask is pictured at the White House in Washington on April 16, 2021.

Much of this will be provided through the vaccine-sharing programme Covax, to which Germany and France also pledged 30 million doses by the end of this year.

The Epoch Times has contacted Pfizer and Moderna for comment.

The vaccine advisory committee said the figures are the same as baseline rates of the condition.

Pfizer and Moderna are the only two mRNA vaccines approved for use in Canada.

A recommendation from NACI is expected in early June.

Njoo said vaccinations have doubled in five weeks to reach almost 20 million jabs administered to date, while daily COVID-19 cases have declined by 25 per cent over the past seven days.

Johnson & Johnson unveiled a deal with the Covax vaccine-sharing programme for 200m doses this year, and said it was discussing the "potential supply" of an additional 300m for next year.

"But if those studies show that a second dose Pfizer is as good as second dose AstraZeneca, then for those circumstances - based on those results - we are still waiting for those results by end of May ..."

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