Ontario Speeds up Second Vaccine Doses for Residents of Delta Hot Spots

Here's how to book an early second dose of a COVID vaccine in Toronto

Officials unveiled updated COVID-19 modelling data on Thursday, which depicts a much better control overthe pandemic in Ontario than in previous updates. "We can look forward to a much better summer".

Infections have already declined sharply in nearly all public health units over the past few weeks.

Hospitals were treating 516 COVID-19 patients - 450 in intensive care including 24 transfers from Manitoba - and 291 were on ventilators.

As for hospitals, normal operations could resume by mid-July with the modelling predicting fewer than 200 patients in the ICU by then.

The presence of the Delta variant in Ontario has sparked concerns given that it is believed to be 50 per cent more infectious and may be more able to spread amongst partially vaccinated individuals.

"To avoid a fourth wave, we need to continue to ensure first and second doses in high-risk communities, continue tailoring vaccine clinics to community needs, and ensure strong testing and case and contact tracing", the COVID-19 projections state.

But Brown said that he believes that it can be controlled by accelerating second doses in hot spot communities that are experiencing a rapid rise in Delta cases.

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"We're not out of the woods just yet", Dr.

"This is not a doomsday scenario. We have a really good chance of a good summer".

Those who live in COVID-19 hotspots where the more transmissible Delta variant has been spreading will be able to receive their second vaccine dose sooner.

Individuals in hot spots within Halton, Peel, Porcupine, Toronto, Waterloo, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph and York public health units will be eligible to book their second Pfizer or Moderna doses through the provincial booking system as of 8 a.m. on June 14. With 180,000 vaccines per day, that number would be at around 1,500.

"Our rate is higher than Toronto, meaning we are having more spread or cases for the size of our population", said Dr. Emili.

In total, over 10.6 million vaccine doses have made it into the arms of Ontarians.

Health authorities also reported that Ontario has become one of the world's leaders in terms of first-dose vaccination rates.

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