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Ontarians aged 18-plus eligible for accelerated second dose on June 28

Friday, June 25, 2021 @ 10:53 AM | By Amanda Jerome

On June 25, the Ontario government announced that it is expanding second dose eligibility for all Ontarians aged 18 and over.

According to a press release, as of June 28 at 8:00 a.m., individuals who are 18-plus “who received their first dose of an mRNA vaccine will be eligible to book an appointment to receive their second ahead of schedule.”

“This will accelerate second dose eligibility for approximately 1.5 million Ontarians,” the release explained.

The release also noted that beginning June 26, “youth aged 12 to 17 who live in a Delta hot spot (Durham, Halton, Hamilton, Peel, Porcupine, Simcoe-Muskoka, Toronto, Waterloo, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph and York public health units) are eligible to book an accelerated second dose appointment through the provincial booking system, directly through public health units that use their own booking system, and through participating pharmacies.”

In all other public health units, the release added, “second doses for youth remain as they are currently booked at this time. To support a safe return to school in September, the province will be looking to accelerate youth second dose bookings following individuals aged 18 and over.”

“Thanks to our public health units, pharmacy and primary care practitioners, as well as employers in hot spot regions, we continue to make strides to increase vaccinations and get more Ontarians fully immunized,” said Solicitor General Sylvia Jones, in a statement.

“Vaccines remain the best defence against COVID-19 and its variants and we encourage everyone to get their first or second dose at their earliest opportunity to keep themselves, their families and our communities safe,” she added.

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