Mar 31, 2021

By Christine Ross

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Toronto has asked the province to lower the eligibility age to 60 from 65 for vaccinations at city clinics.

This means any born in 1961 or earlier would be eligible for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines as this age group is already part of a pilot for the AstraZeneca vaccine at pharmacies and select doctors offices.

“I had two conversations with Premier Ford about it this morning and he wholeheartedly supported this change and we hope to announced details of when this will happen very soon,” offered Toronto Mayor John Tory.

With more than a half-million doses of vaccines already administered in Toronto, the Mayor is pleading with people to avoid gathering at a number of religious holidays over the next couple of weeks. That warning was repeated by Toronto Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa.

“If the current situation is described as a race, the variants are ahead by a mile,” said Dr. de Villa. “The religious holidays to be celebrated over the next couple of weeks create tempting opportunities to come together but this is a dangerous time when you look at the rapid growth in case counts.”

There are 883 new COVID cases in Toronto and and seven more deaths with 53 in ICU.

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