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COVID-19: 2nd dose eligibility expands again in Ontario

Click to play video: 'Ontario pharmacists gearing up for busy week as dose interval shortened for AstraZeneca' Ontario pharmacists gearing up for busy week as dose interval shortened for AstraZeneca
WATCH ABOVE: Second doses will come sooner for those who received an AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. Starting Monday, the province will shorten the dose intervals to eight weeks, whereas people previously had to wait 12 before booking. Katherine Ward reports on how pharmacists are preparing for a busy week ahead. – Jun 13, 2021

TORONTO — More Ontarians will be able to book an accelerated second dose of COVID-19 vaccine starting today.

Those who received a first jab of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine can now book their second shot after eight weeks.

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The Ontario government had previously set a minimum wait time of 12 weeks for people who took a first dose of AstraZeneca.

They can choose whether to get a second dose of AstraZeneca, or switch to an mRNA vaccine made by Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna.

People who live in regions where the Delta variant of COVID-19 is spreading and who received their first shot on or before May 9 can also now make an appointment for their second dose.

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The strategy is focused on Toronto, Peel, Halton, Porcupine, Waterloo, York and Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph.

The government is also encouraging unvaccinated residents in those areas to get a shot.

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