Ontario reduces interval for second COVID-19 vaccine doses

Katie Ramirez
May 29, 2021

Second dose appointments can also be booked (without a first appointment) in the provincial booking system.

Reimer said they don't want to provide a second dose that might provide less protection.

The move comes as Taiwan faces an urgent need to secure vaccines amid a dramatically growing number of coronavirus cases over the past week and difficulties in securing COVID-19 vaccines that it has blamed on China.

"Accelerating second doses will provide more protection to Ontarians sooner", said Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott.

"The City is reviewing (Friday's) announcement from the province and will determine whether there are impacts in the coming weeks", said Di Monte.

"Based on what we know about upcoming shipments, everyone in Ontario, who wants a vaccine, can be fully vaccinated by the end of August".

It has not yet indicated who will be eligible to receive those vaccines.

"That's in our planning already".

"At this time, there won't be enough vaccine for everybody so it's not a guaranteed dose for everyone, but in time they will get their second dose, just this week it will be very limited", Marentette says.

"Minimizing wastage will allow us to offer second doses of Astra Zeneca to fully vaccinate people faster, which in turn will support safe reopening of our communities and economy".

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"It's been nearly like being in jail". Now, he will go online Monday morning to book his second shot. "I'm looking forward to getting hugs from my sons and grandchildren".

Further second doses will be distributed in a process that broadly mirrors when people received their first doses: people who received their first doses between March 8 and April 18 will become eligible starting the week of June 28, while people who received their first dose between April 19 and May 9 will be eligible starting the week of July 19.

"With our teachers and engage in discussions and class activities, school sports and just see our friends again".

Ontarians will be able to get their second dose of the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine sooner than originally expected. You will have to reschedule the vaccination appointment yourself.

"Ontarians who have had their first dose and are eligible for an accelerated second dose may be able to return to the same site or channel where they received their first dose for their second dose appointment, or may choose to book an appointment at a different site or channel", the province stated. Moving up the date of your second dose is optional. European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA) Director General Nathalie Moll said that it's "not really the best way to look into a partnership", adding that there was "no doubt that everything has been tried in order to be able to meet the requirements and expectations".

Di Monte was asked when the city of Ottawa could reach the 70 per cent target.

"We're probably getting anywhere between 300-400 calls on it a day", he says.

"It's going to depend".

Eligibility, though, will be based on the availability of vaccines, so the timing of second doses may vary based on local considerations, vaccine supply and the date of first dose appointment.

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