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Ontario fast-tracks second COVID-19 vaccine doses in delta variant hotspots

Thursday, June 10, 2021 @ 3:38 PM | By Amanda Jerome

The Ontario government announced that, as of June 14, individuals who live in delta (B.1.617) variant hotspots will be eligible to book their second COVID-19 vaccination.

According to a release, issued on June 10, these hotspots include Halton, Peel, Porcupine, Toronto, Waterloo, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph and York.

People who reside in these areas and have “also received their first dose of an mRNA vaccine on or before May 9, 2021, will be eligible to book their accelerated second dose appointment through the provincial booking system (for Peel and Toronto public health units), directly through public health units that use their own booking system and through participating pharmacies.”

The release noted that mobile vaccine units “supported by province operated pop-ups and employer-led clinics that provided first doses in Peel, Toronto and York public health regions will also begin operating second dose clinics beginning the week of June 20” and that the province will “expand eligibility for accelerated second doses across Ontario as additional vaccine allocations and shipment timelines are confirmed by the federal government, including the recently announced Moderna vaccines.”

“Ontario’s vaccine rollout continues to pick up speed with over one million doses being administered each week, ensuring Ontario can safely and gradually lift public health measures,” said Christine Elliott, deputy premier and minister of health, in a statement.

“With an increased supply of vaccines, we continue to make it easier than ever to receive a vaccine to help protect those most at risk against COVID-19 variants, stop the spread and protect our hospital capacity,” she added.

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