Ontario moves second dose of COVID-19 vaccine to most health workers, first responders

TORONTO – The provincial government has said it will be able to provide COVID-19 patients, COVID-19 testing center staff and first responders with a second vaccine dose due to a shorter interval than the general population.

Beginning later this week, all hospital staff dealing with COVID-19 patients or those at high risk for infection should register with COVID-19 sample collection and laboratory testing staff, first responders, community health workers and essential caregivers of long-term care residents at the second dose vaccination.

Beginning in March, the province adopted federal guidelines that pushed the second dose from the first dose to 16 weeks instead of the 21 to 28 days recommended by vaccine manufacturers, in an effort to increase the protection provided by jabs in the face of restricted distribution.

In the end some of the medical workers in the COVID wards work with infected people all day long with the protection of only one drug, which does not ensure immunity from infection.

Home care workers, those working on the needle exchange and some general practitioners in remote communities will also be eligible to move their second shot appointments.

As the state generally moves to qualify for the COVID-19 vaccine, the move aims to deliver the first dose to 65 percent of the province’s adult population by the end of this month.

By 8 a.m. Tuesday, most cancer patients, the elderly and diabetics can begin booking vaccination appointments on the provincial portal.

By 8 a.m. Thursday, people 40 and older can begin registering for the COVID-19 vaccine appointment on the provincial portal, regardless of residence.

Ontario is set to receive at least 800,000 doses of corona virus vaccine this week.

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Sophia Harrison

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I'm Sophia Harrison working as a part-time staff at the Costco since the past year until I become as an author at the iron blade, hope I can use my experiences with the supermarkets here.

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