What we know about the Covid-19 Delta variant first found in India

Ontario residents in seven regions with a high prevalence of the Delta variant and who received their first mRNA shot on or before May 9 can book their second dose starting Monday.

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Starting on Monday, residents in seven hot spot regions, including Toronto, Peel Region, York Region, who received their first mRNA COVID-19 vaccine dose on or before May 9 can book their second dose, a month ahead of schedule.

On Thursday, provincial health officials provided an update on Ontario’s second-dose strategy with an accelerated “first-in, first-out” plan to get Ontarians fully vaccinated by the end of summer thanks to an increase in supply coming into the province.

As of Monday at 8 a.m., residents in areas with a high prevalence of the Delta variant and who also received their first shot of an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer BioNTech or Moderna) between April 19 and May 9 can book their second shot.

“I know many Ontarians are excited to enjoy the warm weather and see families and friends. This is an exciting time and we know that there are brighter days ahead,” Health Minister Christine Elliott said at a news conference on Thursday.

Areas with high Delta prevalence include Toronto, Peel Region, York Region, Halton Region, Porcupine, Waterloo and Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph. This means residents in these regions who received their first shot on or before May 9 are eligible to book their second shot as of June 14.

The government previously outlined 114 hot spot areas by postal codes in the province but are now focusing on individual public health units in the accelerated rollout announced today.

The plan allows eligible residents to book their second dose weeks ahead of the initial target of July 19 and continues the government’s initial goal of ensuring that those who were prioritized for the first shot are also prioritized for the second.

“We will continue to expand eligibility for accelerated second doses as additional vaccine allocations are confirmed by the federal government as Ontario begins to reopen,” Elliott said.

Eligible individuals will be able to book their second dose on either the province’s booking site, through public health units that use their own booking site or through participating pharmacies.

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