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Ontario accelerates second dose for ages 70-plus, those vaccinated before April 18

Friday, June 04, 2021 @ 11:56 AM | By Amanda Jerome

On June 4, the Ontario government announced that individuals aged 70 and over, along with people who received the first dose of an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) on or before April 18, can book an “accelerated second dose appointment ahead of schedule.”

According to a release, the province “expects to receive approximately 4.7 million doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in June and approximately 3.54 million doses in July.” This is on top of the 193,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine already received.

The accelerated second dose availability will take effect on June 7 at 8 a.m. Eligible individuals will be able to “schedule an appointment to receive their second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at a mass immunization clinic through the provincial booking system and call centre,” the government release noted, adding that “some public health units using their own booking system may expand eligibility sooner.”

“Beginning on June 4, 2021, these groups are eligible to receive their accelerated second dose appointment through pharmacies and primary care settings participating in the vaccine rollout. In addition, individuals who received their first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine and are opting to receive either a second dose of AstraZeneca or a mRNA vaccine can now schedule their second dose appointment at a participating pharmacy. There are now 327 pharmacies in the Toronto, Windsor-Essex and Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington public health units offering the AstraZeneca vaccine, and nearly 450 additional pharmacies offering the Moderna vaccine,” the release explained.

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