Ontario residents aged 80 and over will be able to move up their appointments to receive the second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine starting Monday.
As of 8 a.m., individuals in that age group can re-book their second-dose appointments through the province’s online booking portal.
Ontarians will be encouraged to re-book their appointment at the same location they received their first dose, but will be able to book at another site if needed.
York Region, which uses its own booking portal, will open second-dose appointments for residents 80 and older at 8:30 a.m.
Residents in this age group in Halton Region will have the option to move up their second-dose appointments starting on Wednesday.
Last week, the provincial government announced that it would shorten the second-dose interval for the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines, starting with the 80-plus age group.
Officials said the second-dose plan will be based on the “first-in, first-out” method, to ensure the highest-risk groups get the doses first.
Those 70 and older will see their interval shortened in mid-June, and after that, residents will become eligible for second doses based on when they received their first shot.
Below is the second-dose eligibility schedule for those who received the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, as outlined by the province:
- Week of May 31: 80+
- Week of June 14: 70+
- Week of June 28: those who received first dose March 8-April 18
- Week of July 19: those who received first dose April 19-May 9
- Week of Aug. 2: those who received first dose May 10-30
- Week of Aug. 9: those who received first dose May 31 onwards
- Week of Aug. 9: those aged 12-25
With files from The Canadian Press