Ontario 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.
Now, Ontario is also preparing to roll out the eligibility for accelerated second dose appointments starting with individuals aged 80 and over, beginning on May 31, 2021. 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.
The following is an anticipated schedule for eligibility to book a second dose appointment for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines based on confirmed supply:
Week of May 31: individuals aged 80+
Week of June 14: individuals aged 70+
Week of June 28: individuals who received their first dose between the week of March 8 to April 18, on a “first-in, first-out” basis. For example, this included individuals with the highest-risk health conditions and special education workers.
Week of July 19: individuals who received their first dose between the week of April 19 to May 9, on a “first-in, first-out” basis. For example, this included individuals aged 50 and over, as well as individuals with high-risk health conditions.
Week of August 2: individuals who received their first dose between the week of May 10 to May 30, on a “first-in, first-out” basis. For example, this included individuals who cannot work from home and individuals who have at-risk health conditions.
Week of August 9 to 16: individuals aged 12 to 25
Week of August 9: individuals who received their first dose from the week of May 31 onwards on a “first-in, first out” basis, respecting the recommended intervals.
Individuals who received their first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine will be eligible to receive a second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine from May 31 onwards at a 12-week interval, with appointment dates based on the timing of their first dose.
Once eligible, second dose appointments can be rebooked through the provincial booking system, and through pharmacies. For those who received their doses from their primary care provider or through a pop-up clinic, more information will follow on how and when second dose booking and rebooking will be available.
Many Toronto hospitals, including Sunnybrook and Humber River Hospital, have already indicated they will be proactively contacting individuals 80+ who received a first dose at their clinics to schedule a second dose under the revised timelines.
If you haven't yet got your first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, North York General Hospital is operating a Burgers and Shots clinic tomorrow (May 29) at Seneca Collee for all individuals 12+. You can book an appointment in advance at nygh.on.ca/covid19vaccination, and enjoy a free burger while you're at it!
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