Here’s Ontario’s May 12 vaccine update

Children aged 12 to 17 won’t be vaccinated in Ontario until June at the earliest — that and more in this week’s vaccine update
By John Michael McGrath - Published on May 12, 2021

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Ontario is not planning to begin vaccinating children aged 12 to 17 until June at the earliest, after people over the age of 18 have received their first doses and many people will have started receiving their second doses. This contrasts with the decision of the Alberta government, which has made people 12 and up eligible for vaccination already.

The government has also confirmed that it expects to receive more than 250,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine next week. On Tuesday afternoon, the province announced that it would no longer use the AstraZeneca vaccine in first shots; future shipments will go toward second doses for people who received their first in March or April.

However, many individuals who received an AstraZeneca vaccine as their first dose are likely to receive either a Pfizer or Moderna dose as their second, pending results from a study in the United Kingdom and advice from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization.

As previously planned, the province will discontinue allocating 50 per cent of vaccines to hot-spot postal codes at the end of this week. (The province’s science advisory table had asked that the priority allocations continue for another two weeks.) Hot-spot postal codes now have more people vaccinated than non-hot-spot postal codes — 53.2 per cent to 46.9 per cent — a reversal of the inequity that the priority allocation was intended to address.

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