Ford Announces Immunization Milestone And Accelerated 2nd Doses
Premier Doug Ford announced this morning that the province has reached a key milestone in its fight against COVID-19, having achieved its target to administer first doses to 65 per cent of Ontarians aged 18 and over ahead of schedule.
Ford says Ontario is also preparing to roll out the eligibility for accelerated second dose appointments starting with individuals aged 80 and over, beginning on May 31st. If there is sufficient vaccine supply, it is anticipated that the majority of Ontario residents who choose to receive the vaccine will be able to be fully vaccinated by the end of summer.
Ontarians who have had their first dose and are eligible for an accelerated second dose can be rebooked through the provincial booking system and through pharmacies.
The province has already begun offering second doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at an accelerated pace with a 10-week interval for individuals who received their first dose between March 10 to March 19, 2021. Acceleration of AstraZeneca second doses will be provided at a 12-week interval, dependent on vaccine supply, with booking eligibility based on the date of the first dose.
This significant progress has enabled the government to allow the provincial declaration of emergency and Stay-at-Home Order to expire on June 2nd, with the province’s emergency brake will remain in effect, with public health measures and restrictions still in place, until the province is ready to enter Step One of Ontario’s Roadmap to Reopen.