Ontario is getting an increased supply of five million COVID-19 vaccine doses from the federal government in July.
Health Minister Christine Elliott and Solicitor General Sylvia Jones provided an update to the provincial rollout on Thursday.
The province is now expected to receive six additional shipments from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna over the next four weeks.
Ontario vaccine shipments in July
Week of July 5
- Moderna – 1,133,160 doses
- Moderna – 547,120 doses
- Pfizer – 350,436 doses
Week of July 12
- Pfizer – 558,090 doses
Week of July 19
- Pfizer – 1,208,610 doses
Week of July 26
- Pfizer – 1,428,570 doses
Ontario has administered more than 16 million vaccine doses to date and more than 51 per cent of adults in the province are fully immunized.
More than 78 per cent of adults have received at least one dose. The province has passed its COVID-19 vaccination target for entering Step 3,
Everyone in the province is eligible to book an accelerated second dose provided they received their first dose of a mRNA vaccine at least four weeks before booking the second shot – or AstraZeneca at least eight weeks before booking.
The province has outlined post-vaccination indicators over a recent four week period, highlighting the effectiveness of vaccines.
From May 15 to June 12 there were more than 29,000 new infections reported. Over that timespan approximately 83 per cent of the cases were among people who were not vaccinated at all. Only 1.2 per cent of the cases were people who were fully vaccinated.
Grey Bruce has been added to the list of the province’s designated hot spot Delta variant, joining the ten previously identified regions that include all of the GTA.
The hot spot regions received 772,000 vaccine doses over the last four weeks that were in addition to their regular per capita allocations.
The push to get people vaccinated against COVID-19 is shifting focus to those who’ve either struggled to find a shot, or those who need a little extra motivation.
A province-wide marketing campaign called ‘Do Your Part’ is being rolled to out to help encourage residents to book vaccine appointments
The Ford government is doing things like teaming up with McDonald’s Canada to put vaccine info inside of takeout bags.
Elliott said the province has no plans for any financial incentives to push people to get their shot.
There are a number of options on Thursday in Toronto for anyone in the city who still needs a jab – including walk-in appointments, a mobile clinic and even a promise of free burgers or ice cream in exchange of a shot at Guildwood GO station.
Health Minister Christine Elliott said Wednesday that the exact details of the public health restrictions that will take effect under the next stage of Ontario’s reopening plan are currently in the works.
Restrictions on businesses and gatherings are due to roll back further in two weeks, but the fine print on capacity limits, masking rules and other pending measures have yet to be spelled out.
Gyms, indoor dining and indoor events are tentatively permitted under the next stage of the three-step plan.