Here’s Ontario’s July 8 vaccine update

Ontario will now focus more on getting people to sign up for their first doses — and introduce some new strategies
By John Michael McGrath - Published on Jul 08, 2021



The Ontario government is shifting its vaccine strategy once again as the work of getting the largest number of people their first and second doses is largely complete — as of 8 p.m. Wednesday, 78.7 per cent of people over 18 had received a first dose. It will now make a renewed effort to get more people to sign up for their first doses.

The shift in strategy was laid out in a technical briefing provided to reporters on Thursday.

The government will enroll primary-care physicians in the effort, providing them with government-collected health information and asking them to reach out to their patients to help ease vaccine hesitancy and other barriers to vaccine uptake.

Public-health units around the province are also experimenting with other ways to make it easier for people to get their first doses, including walk-in clinics specifically targeted to people who haven’t yet received their first doses.

The Grey-Bruce public-health unit has been added to the list of Delta hot spots, meaning   11 PHUs are now receiving additional doses to combat outbreaks.

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