Ontario reaches 80% mark for first COVID vaccinations; first of three steps to full reopening

Moving forward will also require 75% to have had a second vaccine and 70% in each heath unit to be fully vaccinated

Ontario has reached the 80 per cent plateau for the number of residents 12 and older who have received a first dose of COVID vaccine.

It’s the first of three criteria Queen’s Park said will be necessary to move beyond Step Three of its reopening plan. It will also require that 75 per cent of the population has had a second vaccine and that 70 per cent of the people in each health unit are fully vaccinated.

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit reported this week that 62 per cent of its residents 12 and older are fully vaccinated.

The province has not indicated which public health rules would stay in place after Step Three. That said, government officials, including the Premier, have said most restrictions will lift at that point with a few exceptions.

Ontario yesterday reported more than 200 new cases of COVID, the first time the number of new cases has been above 200 since July 6. Six new cases were reported in Simcoe-Muskoka.

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