All eligible Ontario residents are expected to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the end of this summer, with second dose appointments opening up to those 80 years and older starting on Monday.
Africa requires at least 20 million Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses in the next six weeks to enable the continent to deliver second shots to populations that received their first doses.
People who received their first dose after April 3 will be able to receive a second dose in early June, he said.
After May 31 (and the expiry of the oldest doses of AstraZeneca the province now has on hand), people who received their first dose of the AZ vaccine will be eligible to receive their second 12 weeks after they had their first, starting with those who received their first dose on March 21.
Dube said the government will announce its plan to accelerate second doses of the two other vaccines next week. For those folks, doctors and pharmacists have been instructed to work with patients who received their first doses but are not yet at that 12-week period. Appointments at this time will also open to those with highest health-risk conditions and special education workers.
Again, individuals who were diagnosed with or are being treated for cancer and those who have received solid organ transplants will get a letter of eligibility in the mail that will allow them priority access to a second dose.
Advice for those who received the AstraZeneca vaccine as their first dose remained status quo on Wednesday.
Reimer acknowledged that those who received Astra-Zeneca as their first dose are feeling left out of the second-dose campaign. Most residents are now waiting about four months between each dose, with some exceptions for those in long-term care, high-risk health-care workers and people with specific health conditions.
Meanwhile, second doses for AstraZeneca will proceed on a 12-week interval based on the "first-in and first-out" method, and a 10-week interval for doses that are set to expire on May 31.
First doses of the Pfizer vaccine, for anyone 12 and up, will be available at Real Canadian Superstore on Murphy Road and the Shoppers Drug Marts on Exmouth Street, Michigan Avenue and Lakeshore Road in Bright's Grove.
Premier Doug Ford, along with Health Minister Christine Elliott and Solicitor General Sylvia Jones, will speak about the updated rollout at 10:30 a.m. and CP24.com will stream it live.