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COVID-19 hot spot mayors want shorter dose interval for AstraZeneca recipients

Brampton mayor Patrick Brown. TWITTER/Patrick Brown

Mayors in an Ontario COVID-19 hot spot want the province to reduce the interval between vaccine doses for Oxford-AstraZeneca shot recipients.

Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown has written to the premier and health minister asking for an eight-week dosing interval for people who took the first dose of the vaccine.

His Mississauga counterpart, Mayor Bonnie Crombie, also posted a call on Twitter for an eight-week dose interval.

AstraZeneca recipients currently must wait 12 weeks between vaccine doses in Ontario while other provinces have shortened the gap to eight weeks.

Calls have been growing for Ontario to follow suit as the more infectious Delta variant spreads in the province, particularly in Peel Region, which covers Brampton and Mississauga.

When asked about the possibility of a shorter interval for AstraZeneca recipients, Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott said Thursday the government would stick with the 12-week period.