PROVINCE SPEEDS UP 2ND DOSES FOR mRNA BUT ASTRAZENECA INTERVAL REMAINS 12 WEEKS

Jun 10, 2021

By Christine Ross

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Ontario is speeding up second vaccine shots in areas where the Delta variant poses a threat including Toronto, Peel, York, Halton, Waterloo and Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph.

Anyone who got a shot on or before May 9th will be eligible to book a second shot starting Monday more than a month ahead.

But in disappointing news for many, the AstraZeneca interval remains at 12 weeks, despite growing calls to reduce the interval time in light of the highly infectious Delta variant.

“Well this is an area that continues to be under study, but at the present time, we have been advised by our medical officers that we should remain at twelve weeks, they say this is the gold standard, but it is being studied and there may be further information in future but as of right now, that’s what we’re working with,” explained Health Minister Christine Elliott.

Elliott also says if you got vaccinated out of the province or country, you can register with your local public health unit to get your immunization verified.

Under this accelerated second dose plan, the province is not delivering more supply until public health units use up current supplies in freezers.

In addition, mobile clinics will also offer second doses beginning June 20 in Peel, Toronto and York.

Currently, seven-in-ten adults in Ontario have received a first dose and one-in-ten are fully immunized.

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