PROVINCE RELEASES THIRD DOSE COVID-19 VACCINE STRATEGY

Nov 03, 2021

By Christine Ross

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Beginning Saturday November 6th, 2.8 million people will be eligible for the booster shot if it’s been six months after their second dose.

“These groups include those 70 and older, health care workers and designated essential caregivers including congregate settings, individuals who received two doses of AstraZeneca or one dose of the Janssen vaccine, and First Nations, Inuit and Metis adults and their non-Indigenous household members,” said Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Kieran Moore.

On Saturday at 8 a.m., those eligible can book through the provincial web portal or call the provincial vaccine call centre at 1-833-943-3900, public health units that use their own booking system, and select pharmacies.

Those eligible will be given an mRNA either Pfizer or Moderna regardless of which they got last.

And beginning in January, the booster shot will expand to include everyone 12 and older, if it’s been six-to-eight months since the second shot.

Close to 85 percent of eligible Ontarians have two doses or 11 million people.

Dr. Moore says COVID-19 isn’t going away and it will most likely become an annual winter virus.

“Really, there is no escaping this virus, you either will get it naturally through exposure and given that it can have such serious and significant outcomes that is absolutely not out preference, our preference is that you use the safe and effective vaccines to protect yourself, your community and your loved ones.”

Dr. Moore says approval to offer the vaccine to children aged 5-11 will likely come at the end of this month.

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