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Accelerated second dose eligibility opened to Ontario youth 12-17

Friday, July 02, 2021 @ 10:53 AM | By Amanda Jerome

On July 2, the government of Ontario announced that all youth aged 12 to 17 will be eligible for an accelerated second dose starting on July 5 at 8 a.m. to “support a safe return to school in September.”

“Expanding the eligibility for accelerated second doses to include youth aged 12 to 17 is another positive step in the rollout of vaccines across Ontario,” said solicitor general Sylvia Jones in a statement.

“With the continued support of our public health partners, we are on track to significantly increase the number of Ontarians who will be fully immunized this summer, helping to protect themselves and their community,” she added.

According to a government release, the province administered “more than one million doses in four days” during the week of June 21.

“Notably, 26,771 doses were administered in a single day at Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena Clinic, setting a North American record. To date, the province’s public health units, mass vaccination clinics, hospital sites, pharmacies and primary care providers have administered over 15 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, with more than 77 per cent of adult Ontarians having received their first dose and more than 42 per cent fully immunized,” the release added.

Ontario is expected to receive “approximately 3.54 million doses of Pfizer in July and 550,000 doses of Moderna for the first week of July,” the release explained.

The province’s allocation of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, “meant to arrive during the first two weeks of July, will be 907,000 doses, down from the 1.7 million doses expected initially, with the remainder to arrive during the last two weeks of July (2,637,000 doses),” the release added.

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