Dec 01, 2021

By Christine Ross

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Ontario is expected to announce Thursday expanded booster eligibility to anyone 50 and up with the shots available by the middle of the month. Anyone 50 and older could get the booster 168 days after their second shot.

But sources says that date could be moved up if daily new vaccinations remain slow allowing for more capacity.

University Health Network epidemiologist Dr. Alon Vaisman told Zoomer Radio’s Fight Back with Libby Znaimer the time is right.

“Evidence and the pressure is certainly mounting, there really isn’t much reason not to expand eligibility at least to the 50 and older group and then beyond that very soon.”

Even without this new variant Omicron, the Delta variant was already circulating across the province with cases rising for several weeks.

Ontario has already opened up third-shot boosters to those over 70, health care workers, Indigenous, Métis and Inuit, those who got two shots of the AstraZeneca vaccine, or one dose of Johnson & Johnson.

Ontario has about four million doses ready to be deployed.

Meantime, the World Health Organization today said that early indications show vaccines may still provide significant protection against the new variant.

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