Ontario residents who got a first dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine will likely receive a different shot for their second dose. Health Minister Christine Elliott says the province will likely mix and match COVID-19 vaccine doses in light of uncertain future supply of all vaccines approved for use in Canada. It’s unclear when more Oxford-AstraZeneca shots will arrive but Ontario is expecting millions of Pfizer-BioNTech shots in the coming weeks. Elliot says the province is waiting for the results from a UK study on mixing different vaccines and on advice from a federal immunization panel.
New Vaccine Eligibility:
Ontario residents turning 40 or older this year will be able to book a COVID-19 vaccine starting Thursday morning, regardless of whether they live in a hot spot area. The province is also starting to vaccinate people with health conditions considered at risk this week. It says those with conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, most cancers and dementia will be able to book a shot starting this morning.
Health-care workers are being added to a list of high-risk employees prioritized for their second dose of COVID-19 vaccine. The provincial government says those workers will be allowed to begin booking second doses by the end of this week. It says a wide array of health-care workers, including all hospital staff in front-line roles, will be able to get their second dose faster.
A stable and reliable increase in vaccine supply to Ontario is enabling the government to further expand eligibility to book a #COVID19 vaccine appointment throughout the week of May 10, 2021. https://t.co/WBN1KLC5MD pic.twitter.com/iKzKv6ZlC0
— Christine Elliott (@celliottability) May 10, 2021
Photo Credit: Peel Region Public Health