Published: Fri, June 11, 2021
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Ontario to accelerate second doses in Delta hot spots

Ontario to accelerate second doses in Delta hot spots

Those who live in Halton, Peel, Porcupine, Toronto, Waterloo, York and Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph and got their first dose on or before May 9 can now book an accelerated second shot as of Monday.

"It is important to note that as of right now, the majority of cases related to the Delta variant are imported from travel. It requires a specific test, where they do sequencing and it takes time to get a response", Dr. Emili said.

New COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations have dropped in recent weeks and the province is moving ahead with the first step of its reopening plan a few days early.

"It will likely be the dominant form of the virus this summer", said Dr. Adalsteinn Brown, co-chair of the province's COVID-19 Science Advisory Table.

"We're getting enough vaccines to do so", he says.

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.

But the reopening shouldn't be accelerated, says Deonandan, in the first stage, most activities are low-risk, such as outdoor dining.

Overall, Dr. Emili said COVID-19 case rates are stable, and we are seeing less cases appear in older age brackets as more vaccines get administered.

As of June 10, Ontario reported more than 10.6 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered to Ontarians.

The 12-week interval for people who got the AstraZeneca shot will still apply in delta variant "hotspots", the ministry confirmed to reporters later - even as it starts a program to accelerate second shots for people who got mRNA vaccines in those areas.

There are now 516 people in hospital with COVID-19, and 450 of them are in the ICU.

If you're in one of these areas and qualify you'll be able to book through the provincial booking system, directly through public health units that use their own booking system, and through participating pharmacies. It would also support mobile and pop-up clinics.

Of the latest cases, there are 130 new cases in Peel, 114 in Toronto, 61 in Waterloo, 38 in Hamilton and 32 in York Region.

Officials are encouraging residents who received their vaccine outside of Ontario to contact their local public health units to ensure their vaccination status has been properly recorded.

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