Ontario Speeds Up Vaccine Allocation for Delta Hotspots

The Ontario provincial government announced Thursday that more adults will be able to book vaccination appointments next week in a continued effort to speed up second dose vaccinations for individuals living in Delta variant hotspots.

The government is accelerating second shot appointments for anyone aged 18-and-up that received a first dose of an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) on or before May 30 living in any of the following 10 Delta variant hotspot regions:

  • Toronto
  • Peel Region
  • Halton
  • York
  • Durham
  • Hamilton
  • Porcupine
  • Waterloo
  • Wellington-Dufferin
  • Simcoe-Muskoka

Those that qualify will be eligible to book an appointment for a second dose starting Wednesday, June 23.

Everyone else in Ontario who got a first shot before May 31 – except for youth aged between 12 and 17 years old – is eligible to book their second dose starting June 28.

The province sped up second dose appointments for Delta variant hotspots on Monday, allowing adults that received the first shot of an mRNA vaccine on or before May 9 to book for a second dose.

The government has decided to expand allocation in more high-risk communities, including Waterloo – a region that continues to report high daily infections due to the presence of the variant – Simcoe-Muskoka and Hamilton.

As a result, the province says it will begin to assist Waterloo Public Health in administering second shots to “high-priority” populations as it looks to control the spread of the Delta variant.

As of June 12, individuals who received their first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine are able to get their second dose in eight weeks rather than 12 weeks.

Those who got AstraZeneca as a first dose have the option of getting a second dose of the same vaccine or an mRNA vaccine, either Pfizer or Moderna.

The government also confirmed Thursday that additional shipments of the Moderna vaccine will arrive in the province this week.

A total of 1,123,780 doses of the mRNA vaccine will arrive either today or on Friday followed by an expected shipment of 2,179,380, split into separate deliveries, that will be in Ontario by next week.


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