Ontario accelerates second COVID-19 vaccine for more groups

Katie Ramirez
June 11, 2021

Those regions include those covered by the Halton, Peel, Porcupine, Toronto, Waterloo, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph, and York public health units.

According to the latest dashboard update, almost 33,000 people in the region have been fully vaccinated, including 3,229 people in the last 24 hour reporting period. "It requires a specific test, where they do sequencing and it takes time to get a response", Dr. Emili said.

The data also shows testing numbers have dropped. "We can look forward to a much better summer".

More restrictions will loosen after 21 days if pandemic indicators continue to improve and more people get vaccinated.

"It will likely be the dominant form of the virus this summer", said Dr. Adalsteinn Brown, co-chair of the province's COVID-19 Science Advisory Table.

"We're not out of the woods just yet", Dr. "That gives it a survival advantage, including immune escape and potentially vaccine breakthroughs", Muhajarine said.

COVID-19 cases in Ontario are dropping sharply and while the threat of a fourth wave caused by the delta variant still exists it is unlikely, health officials say.

Minister of Health, Christine Elliot, reported that 10,627,469 doses of the COVID-19 vaccines have been administered, including 182,350 doses administered yesterday.

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Classrooms in the province have been closed since mid-April due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19. It also suggested using the summer months to improve school buildings and vaccinate students.

Second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine will help control surges of the Delta variant in high-risk areas and minimize spillover to other areas.

On Friday, Ontario was to enter the first of its three-stage reopening plan.

There are now 516 people in hospital with COVID-19, and 450 of them are in the ICU.

The modelling forecasts that adherence to public health measures could bring the number of COVID-19 patients in ICU below 200 by mid-July which would allow hospitals to begin resuming their normal operations.

The appointment can be booked through the Ontario booking system and directly through public health units that use their own booking system.

"As they work through what they have remaining, then they will be receiving more supplies".

As of June 10, 2021, the province's public health units, mass vaccination clinics, hospital sites, pharmacies, and physicians have administered more than 10.6 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to Ontarians.

The province also announced people who received their vaccination outside of the province can now register with their local health unit.

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