Ontario ramps up 2nd dose eligibility for COVID-19 vaccine

Most Ontarians who want a COVID-19 vaccine should be fully immunized by the end of the summer.

Premier Doug Ford made that proclamation at a media briefing Friday, saying Ontario is speeding up second dose eligibility.

“The new dose interval could be as short as 28 days,” Ford said.

Those aged 80 and older will be able to book an appointment for a second vaccine shot starting Monday, while those 70 and above will be eligible in mid-June.

Minister of Health Christine Elliott says people who already have appointments booked can move their current appointments ahead if they wish.

During questions from reporters, Ford took shots at the federal government over border issues and vaccine supply issues.

On the next round of vaccine shipments from Moderna, Ford said the province doesn’t know when they will arrive. “We need clarity from the feds…just give us the ammunition,” Ford said.

Ford touted Ontario’s vaccine rollout as “nothing but spectacular,” saying they’ve been pumping vaccines out like he’s “never seen before.”

The province says they have administered first doses to 65 per cent of Ontarians aged 18 and over.

Second dose appointments can be rebooked through the provincial booking system and through pharmacies.

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The premier also said he wants kids in summer camp this July.

As for schools reopening, Ford said he wants scientists, teachers’ unions and others to weigh in before they make that decision.

It’s a decision Ford said he doesn’t want to rush, saying that if it takes a couple of extra days, “so be it.”

And when asked if Ontario will reopen before June 14? Ford indicated that June 14 remains the target date.