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Ontario rolls out vaccines to individuals 18 and over ahead of schedule

The Government of Ontario has announced that booking eligibility will expand to individuals aged 18 and over. This comes as an estimated 2.2 million doses are scheduled to arrive this week.

The provincial booking system will open to individuals aged 18 and over at 8:00am on Tuesday, May 18th. Individuals who are 17 or older will also have the opportunity to book a vaccine. However, they will only be able to take the Pfizer vaccine. 

“Ontario is experiencing very positive trends in vaccine demand. The province and public health units will continue to make appointments available as vaccine supply is confirmed,” said a statement by the Ministry of Health. 

In addition, the province says that they are working with public health units, First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities to roll out vaccines to individuals aged 12 to 17 years by the week of May 31st. 

“As of Tuesday, May 18, 2021, public health units may choose to provide vaccines to those aged 12 and over in pop-up and mobile clinics, as well as for walk-in appointments where the Pfizer vaccine is offered,” the ministry added. 

On May 12th, the province announced that over half of Ontarians aged 18 and over have received their COVID-19 vaccine. By the end of the month, the province predicts that 65 percent of adults will receive their vaccine by the end of the month.

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