Second dose eligibility expanded in some regions

  • Second dose eligibility expanded in some regions

Second dose eligibility expanded in some regions

"We can look forward to a much better summer".

COVID-19 hospitalizations and intensive care admissions have also continuedto drop.

Ontario is to release new COVID-19 projections today on the eve of its economic reopening.

"This is not a doomsday scenario ..."

"The Delta variant is more transmissible and may cause more severe illness", said Dr. Juli Emili, associate medical officer of health for the region.

"Our rate is higher than Toronto, meaning we are having more spread or cases for the size of our population", said Dr. Emili.

Second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine will help control surges of the Delta variant in high-risk areas and minimize spillover to other areas.

But Brown said that he believes that it can be controlled by accelerating second doses in hot spot communities that are experiencing a rapid rise in Delta cases. "We have a really good chance of a good summer".

Beginning Monday, June 14, 2021 people who live in Halton, Peel, Porcupine, Toronto, Waterloo, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph and York public health units and have received their first dose of an mRNA vaccine on or before May 9, 2021 will be eligible to book their accelerated second dose appointment. With 180,000 vaccines per day, that number would be at around 1,500.

However, if virus spread is high with the same vaccination rate, cases could spike back up to 2,500 per day.

Health officials logged 590 new infections on Thursday, as well as 11 deaths related to the novel coronavirus.

There are nearly 1.4 million people fully-vaccinated with double doses of vaccine.

"Ontario's vaccine rollout continues to pick up speed with over one million doses being administered each week, ensuring Ontario can safely and gradually lift public health measures", a statement from Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, reads.

The province administered 182,350 doses Wednesday and nearly 10.63 million doses in total.