Ontario Expands Third Dose Eligibility To 18 years And Over In January

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Ontario’s health authorities have announced individuals 18 and over will be eligible to book a booster shot as of Jan. 4.

Starting on Monday, December 13, 2021, at 8:00 a.m., individuals aged 50 and over will be eligible to schedule their booster dose appointment. This will expand booster eligibility to approximately 5.5 million people. Expanded booster dose eligibility to all Ontarians 18 years of age and older will occur on January 4, 2022, with appointments to be booked approximately six months after receiving a second dose.

“Ontario, like other jurisdictions around the world, is seeing concerning trends in public health and health care indicators, and additional measures are required to protect our progress for the long-term,” said Dr. Kieran Moore, Chief Medical Officer of Health. “All Ontarians are strongly urged to follow these and existing measures and get vaccinated with a first, second or booster dose if you have not done so already. These are the layers that are protecting everyone. By taking these actions, we can help to reduce the mobility of COVID-19 and its variants, protect public health and health system capacity and save lives. This is especially important as we enter the holiday season and spend more time with family and friends. We need to keep each other safe.”

Given how fast the Omicron variant is spreading, Moore said a robust third dose strategy is critical in Ontario. With 10 per cent of COVID-19 samples now testing positive for Omicron, Moore said the variant could become the dominant strain in the next month.

“It’s anticipated that we’ll have a significant rise in the coming weeks,” Moore said.

 

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