Ontarians 80 and up can book their second COVID-19 shot this week

May 31 2021, 6:59 am

Adults in Ontario age 80 and up became eligible to book an earlier second dose Monday morning.

Last week, the province announced that it is accelerating the dosing interval for second shots, and seniors turning 80 this year and became eligible to book at 8 am.

People living in Toronto can book via the province’s online portal or on the phone by calling  1-833-943-3900.

The province plans to expand second dose eligibility to Ontarians 70 and up the week of June 14, and then target people with high-risk health conditions and special education workers the week of June 18.

From there, Ontario will administer second doses to people who got their first doses earlier to re-prioritize older and more vulnerable individuals. By July 19, people who got their first dose between April 19 and May 9 will be eligible for a second shot.

People who got their first shot on May 10 or later can book a second shot in August.

Here’s a visual representation of what the second dose schedule looks like:

second dose schedule

Government of Ontario

People who received AstraZeneca for their first shot will be eligible for a second dose after 10 to 12 weeks have passed. New research suggests a longer dosing interval could improve AstraZeneca’s protection against COVID-19, health officials have said.

 

 

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