Ontario accelerates COVID-19 vaccine second dose timeline in hot spots due to Delta variant concerns
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In a news conference at Queen’s Park, Ontario Health Minister and Deputy Premier Christine Elliott provides an update on the province’s COVID-19 vaccination plan. She is joined by Ontario Solicitor General Sylvia Jones. They discuss the accelerated distribution of second doses in certain hot spot areas in an effort to prevent the spread of the more transmissible Delta variant first identified in India. Starting June 14, residents in Halton, Peel, Porcupine, Toronto, Waterloo, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph, and York public health units who received their first dose of an mRNA vaccine on or before May 9, 2021, will be eligible to book their accelerated second dose appointment. The vaccination update comes on the eve of Ontario entering the first phase of its reopening plan. The Ontario government announced that the province would start its reopening plan on June 11, three days ahead of schedule.