Second dose eligibility expanded in some regions

Rich Michaud, from Tillsonburg gets his COVID-19 vaccine at Gof Hall in Woodstock. March 15, 2021. (File photo supplied by Southwestern Public Health)

The province of Ontario is expanding eligibility for second doses of vaccines in regions where the Delta variant is prevalent.

Those regions include those covered by the Halton, Peel, Porcupine, Toronto, Waterloo, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph, and York public health units.

“With an increased supply of vaccines, we continue to make it easier than ever to receive a vaccine to help protect those most at risk against COVID-19 variants, stop the spread and protect our hospital capacity,” said Minister of Health Christine Elliott.

Beginning 8:00 a.m. on Monday, June 14 individuals who live in the above regions will be able to book an appointment through the provincial system or the individual public health units.

To date, over 73 per cent of adult Ontarians have received at least one dose, while more than 11 per cent are fully immunized.

During the week of June 20, the province will also be hosting pop-up clinics at workplaces in the Toronto and Peel regions.

The province also announced people who received their vaccination outside of the province can now register with their local health unit. Individuals who received a COVID-19 vaccine outside of Ontario or Canada are required to provide proof, such as a vaccination receipt or certificate, to their public health unit in order to be registered in the system.