Ontario Further Accelerates Second Doses in Delta Hot SpotsPublished on June 10, 2021
Accelerating Second Doses in Delta Hot Spots
Ontario’s vaccine rollout continues to pick up speed with over one million doses being administered each week and over 10.6 million doses administered in total to date, ensuring Ontario can safely and gradually lift public health measures as we move into Step One tomorrow.
Effective Monday, June 14, at 8:00 a.m. to help stop the spread of COVID-19 variants and protect communities with the highest rates of Delta (B.1.617) variant transmission, the government is further expanding eligibility to book an accelerated second dose appointment to individuals who live in Delta hot spots and also received their first dose of an mRNA vaccine on or before May 9, 2021.
People in Newmarket-Aurora will be eligible to book their accelerated second dose appointment directly through York Region Public Health and through participating pharmacies. Primary care providers will be reaching out to book appointments.
Mobile vaccine units supported by province operated pop-ups and employer-led clinics that provided first doses in Peel, Toronto and York public health regions will also begin operating second dose clinics beginning the week of June 20, 2021.
Increasing first and second dose coverage in Delta hot spots will help to minimize the risk of the variant’s spread in Ontario, protecting all neighbourhoods provincewide.
We will further expand eligibility for accelerated second doses across Ontario as additional vaccine allocations and shipment timelines are confirmed by the federal government, including the recently announced Moderna vaccines.
Out of Province
Effective today, to help ensure all eligible Ontarians are able to receive their second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, individuals who received their first dose or both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine outside the province are now able to register their vaccination through their local public health unit and are required to provide proof, such as a vaccination receipt or certificate in order to be registered.
Once registered, individuals who need a second dose can book their appointment through the provincial booking system, public health units that use their own booking system or participating pharmacies and primary care settings at an interval that aligns with Ontario’s vaccine strategy.
With an increased supply of vaccines, we continue to make it easier than ever to receive a vaccine to help protect those most at risk against COVID-19 variants, stop the spread and protect our hospital capacity.