Ontario may shorten interval between vax doses as more supply expected: Elliott

Alonzo Simpson
May 5, 2021

Locally, there are 931 new cases in Toronto, 653 in Peel, 275 in York Region, 147 in Durham and 128 in Hamilton.

Ontario says its closure of outdoor recreational facilities will remain in place until COVID-19 cases decline significantly.

Ontario administered 33,740 COVID-19 tests in the previous 24 hours, reversing a trend that had seen the province conducting upwards of 50,000 to 60,000 tests a day.

There were 3,323 resolved cases, outnumbering new cases for two weeks straight now and dropping the active case count to 36,440. The last time the province reported fewer than 3,000 new cases was on April 5 before the height of the third wave.

The province confirms another 2,303 cases of the B.1.1.7 variant, 51 additional cases of the P.1 variant first detected in Brazil and eight additional cases of the B.1351 variant first detected in South Africa.

Four more people have died of COVID-19 in the Outaouais.

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Adults 18 and older in three Ottawa neighbourhoods will be eligible to book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment through the provincial system starting Monday.

Now, these residents can book for a shot in advance at a mass clinic directly through the website of the province or their local public health unit, which is a move that was supposed to make things easier and get more needles into arms sooner.

People with high-risk health conditions and some groups of people who can't work from home will also become eligible.

Approximately 800,000 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine are expected to arrive in Ontario per week at the start of May, ramping up to 940,000 doses per week by the end of May.

Elliott says people will be contacted to arrange a new time for their second appointment if that happens.

Nearly 1.2 million Canadians have received their first shot of AstraZeneca through their local pharmacies, but now there are rising concerns about the logistics of booking the second shots.

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