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All Ontarians ages 18+ who received an mRNA vaccine will soon be able to book their second dose

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All Ontarians ages 18+ who received an mRNA vaccine will soon be able to book their second dose

The Province is accelerating the date when residents who have received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine can book their second dose.

As of Monday (June 21), those who received their first dose of an mRNA vaccine—either Moderna or Pfizer—on or before May 9 will be eligible to book an appointment to receive their second dose.

Those who received their first dose of an mRNA vaccine on or before May 30 and live in a Delta variant hot spot—Durham Region, Halton Region, Hamilton, Peel Region, Porcupine, Simcoe-Muskoka, Toronto, Waterloo, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph, and York Region—will be eligible to book their second dose as of June 23.

Additionally, all Ontarians over the age of 17 who received an mRNA vaccine will be eligible to book their second dose starting the week of June 28.

Further, those who received their first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine will be eligible to book any vaccine—a second dose of the AstraZeneca, or a first dose of Pfizer or Moderna—as early as eight weeks after their first dose, rather than 12, as originally planned.

Moreover, residents who received an mRNA vaccine are encouraged to take the first appointment available to them for their second dose, regardless of whether the vaccine being offered is Pfizer or Moderna.

The reason so many appointments for second doses will become available sooner than anticipated is largely due to an expected shipment of 3 million Moderna vaccines, which is scheduled to arrive in Canada in June.

“The large increase of Moderna vaccines and steady supply of Pfizer has enabled Ontario to speed up second dose appointments, target hot spot areas and provide more options for people to become fully immunized,” Solicitor General Sylvia Jones said in a news release.

“With every vaccine administered we are making meaningful progress in our collective efforts to protect our loved ones and keep communities safe,” she continued.

While Jones said most pharmacies administering vaccines will notify those who schedule an appointment which vaccine they will be receiving prior to their arrival, she is encouraging anyone who has received either a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine to take the first appointment available to them, regardless of the brand being offered, due to the interchangeability of the two vaccines.

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