Youth in Delta hot spots, like Simcoe Muskoka, can book an accelerated second dose appointment

Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is the only shot currently authorized for use in Canadian youth

Youth between the ages of 12 to 17 who live in Ontario’s designated hot spots for the Delta variant, such as Simcoe Muskoka, can book accelerated second vaccine dose appointments on Saturday.

Youth will have the option to re-book their second doses as of 8 a.m. Saturday, through pharmacies, the provincial booking portal or their local health unit.

The hot spots cover health units in Simcoe Muskoka, Porcupine, Peel, York, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph, Toronto, Waterloo, Durham, Hamilton and Halton.

The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is the only shot currently authorized for use in youth in Canada.

With an increasing vaccine supply, the province is offering more people the option to shorten the interval between vaccines that generally have been booked four months apart.

Youth elsewhere in the province will keep their second-dose appointments for now, but the province says it’s aiming to accelerate doses for them before school returns in September