Jun 21, 2021
By Jane Brown
Eligibility for accelerated second doses of COVID-19 vaccine has expanded to include all Ontario residents who received their first dose of an mRNA vaccine on or before May 9th.
In addition, people living in one of the ten Delta variant hot spots who received first shots on or before May 30th may move up their second shots, starting on Wednesday.
And Toronto Mayor John Tory announced Monday the Scotiabank Arena will become a COVID vaccination clinic on Sunday June 27th for one day only, with hopes of administering a record breaking 10,000 doses.
“You have to make an appointment (at ontario.ca/bookvaccine) for this so that people can sign up for the clinic at the Scotiabank Arena and get immunized and so we’re really putting a big push on the second doses because that’s going to be the key to safely reopening the city is to make sure as many people as possible have their second doses,” Mayor Tory explained.
Canada is set to receive 5.2 million doses of COVID vaccine over the next 7 days. Of these, almost half are from Pfizer and have been delayed for arrival around mid-week. In the meantime, more Moderna shots will be given at clinics in Toronto and Peel.
Moderna and Pfizer are interchangeable, except for children between 12 and 17. The only vaccine approved for that age group in Canada is Pfizer.
AstraZeneca 1st dose recipients may book their second shots as early as 8 weeks after the first, and while the National Advisory Committee on Immunization is encouraging AZ 1st dose recipients to get Pfizer or Moderna for their second shot, here in Ontario AstraZeneca is also available for second doses.