Ontario is Expanding COVID-19 Vaccination Eligibility

Ontario is Expanding COVID-19 Vaccination Eligibility

Health officials also reported that 25 more people have died due to COVID-19.

The next 14 days will see half of Ontario's supplies directed to hot spot postal codes, a move first suggested by the provincial science advisers who urged distributing shots based on transmission rate rather than age group to reduce virus-related hospitalizations and deaths.

"The key is to get as many people vaccinated as quickly as possible", Williams said.

The Ministry of Health says 1,925 people are in hospital with COVID-19, but notes that more than 10 per cent of hospitals did not submit data to the province over the weekend.

The province deemed 3,323 more cases of the disease to be resolved as of Tuesday, bringing Ontario's number of recovered patients up to 432,109.

"With additional supply our government is increasing access to the COVID-19 vaccines in the communities hardest hit by COVID-19", said Elliott.

Most of the new cases reported are concentrated in hot spot regions in the Greater Toronto Area.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says there are 931 new cases in Toronto, 653 in Peel Region, and 275 in York Region.

Sunday's announcement confirmed a plan outlined last week appears to be proceeding as expected.

69,442 lab-confirmed cases of the United Kingdom variant strain of COVID-19 (B.1.1.7). There have been 202 deaths and 1,631 cases with a variant of concern.

772 cases of P.1, which is the variant strain that originated in Brazil.

Ontario might shorten the length of time between COVID-19 vaccine doses and is looking into mixing and matching doses as it prepares to receive increased shipments of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

There were 107,700 doses of vaccines against COVID-19 administered on April 30, down from 112,214 administered on April 29.

Dr. Barbara Yaffe, Ontario's associate medical officer of health, said Monday that the province had asked the National Advisory Committee on Immunization to make recommendations about potentially mixing vaccines.

Residents 18 or older living in 114 hot spot neighbourhoods were able to start reserving appointments this morning, but some reported difficulty and confusion with the process.

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