Sumary of 2nd COVID-19 shots prioritized to Ontario hot spots with high Delta variant starting June 14:
- The Ontario government is accelerating second COVID-19 doses for people living in hot spot areas where the Delta variant is of concern, and depending on when their first shot was received..
- Monday, people in Toronto, Peel, York, Halton, Waterloo, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph and Porcupine health units will be eligible for their second shot, if they got their first shot on or before May 9, according to documents released Thursday..
- As well, anyone in the province who is aged 50 or older, or with high-risk health conditions, can also book a second shot beginning Monday..
- Officials cited the Delta variant (B.1.617.2), originally detected in India, as a major concern and reason for prioritizing second shots to certain parts of the province..
- Government of Ontario Peel Region medical officer of health Dr. Lawrence Loh has already sounded the alarm that the Delta variant could become the dominant strain in that region in the next month, with the rest of Ontario just weeks behind..
- Officials said the province will allocate vaccines to areas with high Delta variant incidence rates when inventory gets low..
- Eligible residents can book a second dose appointment via the provincial booking system, local public health unit or at a participating pharmacy..
- The acceleration of a second-dose vaccine does not include those who received a first dose of AstraZeneca, even if they are in a high Delta variant hotspot, got their shot before May 9, and want to get Pfizer or Moderna….