Places have been open to everyone since 8 a.m. However, appointments for particularly vulnerable people will be given priority until September 26, the date from which all residents aged 18 and over can receive their dose.
These vulnerable populations include:
- people aged 70 and over
- residents of long-term care homes, retirement homes, nursing homes for the aged, and people living in other facilities that provide support and health services
- First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and non-Indigenous household members 18 years of age or older
- people aged 12 and over with moderate to severe immunosuppression
- pregnant women aged 18 and over
- healthcare workers aged 18 and over
Source: Ontario Ministry of Health
The booster dose of the bivalent COVID-19 vaccine is a safe and effective way for people to better protect themselves against variants of COVID-19 that have recently been circulating in Ontariosays Dr. Kieran Moore, the province’s chief medical officer of health.
The availability of bivalent vaccine doses will be based on federal government shipping schedules and supply, the Department of Health said in a news release.
All booster dose appointments already made from September 12 to 25 will be honored and, if the bivalent vaccine is available, it will be offeredthe statement said.
It is recommended that people wait at least six months from the date of their last booster dose to receive a new one.
Appointments can be obtained directly from public health units that use their own appointment booking system, Indigenous-run vaccination centres, pharmacies and participating health care providers.
Toronto Public Health has already announced that it is preparing to be able to offer vaccinations to the local population. In particular, more than 500 pharmacies will take part in the new campaign.
The first shipment of bivalent vaccine arrived in Ontario last week.
Moderna’s new vaccine was approved by Health Canada on 1er september. It targets both the original virus and the Omicron BA.1 variant that emerged late last year and caused the biggest wave of infections and hospitalizations of the pandemic.
The most recent wave of the disease to hit Ontario, which began on June 19 and appears to have already peaked, is fueled by other Omicron variants, namely BA.4 and BA.5, according to Dr. Moore.
The new vaccine does not directly target those subvariants responsible for most current infections and for which the United States approved an updated vaccine last week. However, Pfizer recently submitted an application for approval by Health Canada for its vaccine targeting them. Moderna should soon follow.