An update from the province on its vaccination efforts shows the majority of adults have rolled up their sleeves for at least one dose.
Minister of Health Christine Elliott announced on Wednesday, that over fifty per cent of adult Ontarians have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. That number jumps to 80 per cent or higher for those aged 65 or above.
“That’s more than six million adults across the province. This is a very exciting milestone and a true testament to the determination and dedication of Team Ontario,” said Deputy Premier and Health Minister Christine Elliott. “We continue to see new records and milestones being met across the province, including in our hardest-hit communities.” Ontario is averaging 125,700 vaccines administered per day.
Meanwhile, the province is expecting three million doses of the Pfizer version of the vaccine by the end of May, and another 3.7 million doses throughout June. Over 780,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine are due by the end of next week.
While the province does expect 254,500 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine next week, as ordered, they are expected to remain on freezer shelves for now, as Ontario health officials suspended use of the vaccine. The Chief Medical Officer of Health cited a slight increase in reports of blood clots in patients who have received an AstraZeneca vaccine. The number of clots reported rose from almost one in 100,000 to nearly 1 in 50,000 doses since the beginning of May.
While Ontario has been promised 116,000 doses of the single-shot Johnson and Johnson vaccine, there is as yet no anticipated delivery date.