Nearly three million vaccines expected in Ontario this month as province bumps up second dose availability for hot spots

Some 73 per cent of Ontarians have gotten at least their first dose

Over ten million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered across Ontario, and second dose appointments are being offered to more and more Ontario residents.

Ontario health officials said Thursday that 73 per cent of adult Ontarians have received at least one dose of a COVID vaccine, while 11 per cent are fully immunized. Over 10.6 million doses have been administered to date, with over 1.3 million Ontarians fully vaccinated. Over 2.8 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine are expected to be shipped to Ontario before the end of June, with another 3.5 million due in July. Additional doses of Moderna, AstraZeneca, and Johnson and Johnson vaccines are dependent on federal supply.

“Ontario’s vaccine rollout continues to pick up speed with over one million doses being administered each week, ensuring Ontario can safely and gradually lift public health measures,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “With an increased supply of vaccines, we continue to make it easier than ever to receive a vaccine to help protect those most at risk against COVID-19 variants, stop the spread and protect our hospital capacity.”

The Province of Ontario also announced on Thursday it is expanding eligibility to second dose appointments to those regions experiencing higher rates of variant transmission. Beginning at 8 a.m. Monday, June 14, those who live in Toronto, York, Waterloo, Halton, Peel, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph, and Porcupine public health unit areas and received their first dose on or before May 9.