Anyone over 18 will be able to book their second shot of the COVID-19 vaccine starting Monday.
The province says this accelerates the second dose for about 1.5 million people. Right now 76 per cent of Ontario adults have had their first dose of the vaccine, 30 per cent are fully immunized.
Ontario has received 9.9 million doses of vaccine in June. Another 3.5 million is expected in July. It will receive less Pfizer vaccine than expected in the first weeks of July. About 800,000 of the anticipated 1.7 million Pfizer vaccines will arrive at the end of the month.
Meantime, a second mass vaccination site is open in Lambton. The Clearwater Arena has been set up to give out 2,000 vaccines a day. Friday, as it opened 1,450 people were scheduled to receive a shot.
Dr. Sudit Ranade expects the mass vaccination sites will be running for another five to seven weeks.
After that, he expects the vaccinations to be delivered in occasional clinics, at the health unit and in primary care offices.
“It’s good to have a light at the at the end of the tunnel,” says Ranade.
“I think we’ll all need a big sigh of relief and a moment, some time to breathe after this before we get back at this all of the other things that we do.”