This would not have involved pharmacies in Northern Ontario, which did not become part of the pharmacy plan until the second week of April.
It noted that as of last month, less than two percent of people in Africa had been vaccinated while more than 40 percent of the population in the United States and more than 20 percent in Europe had received at least one dose.
On Friday, Williams announced the province will soon be distributing some 55,000 doses set to expire May 31.
Health officials stopped first doses of the vaccine due to a rare reaction that caused some people to develop blood clots. "It takes weeks to build up that immunity".
Early research suggests that a second shot of an mNRA vaccine like Pfizer or Moderna as the booster for AstraZeneca is not unsafe, but Williams said he's waiting to hear whether the combination offers the same efficacy as a second AstraZeneca dose. This opportunity is being made available to ensure every vaccine dose possible is used to protect Ontarians during the effective delivery period, said the ministry.
"Offering the protection of the vaccine to youth aged 12 and over is a significant milestone in Ontario's fight against COVID-19", the release said. "Primary care settings and pharmacies may also be reaching out to eligible Ontarians".
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She added that the CDC will soon be looking at all of its guidance and providing more specific updates soon. But any other time, if you're vaccinated and you're outside, put aside your mask.
Saskatchewan's chief medical health officer, Dr. Saqib Shahab, says the province is still in the planning stages. These included areas such as Guelph, Peterborough, Simcoe-Muskoka, Wellington-Dufferin and Peel.
"I think we've all regretted things we've said".
Ontario does not have enough supply to provide everyone who received a first dose of AstraZeneca with a second shot. "So right now the first focus is on those 55,000", said Huyer.
Australia's increasing access to Pfizer doses is expected to allow for everyone who wants the vaccine to receive it by the end of the year.
So far the Pfizer vaccine is the only one that has been approved for use in children.
Southwestern Public Health, which serves Elgin and Oxford Counties, said 12-year-olds and teens can book their shots by calling 1-888-333-2175 or online at www.covidvaccinelm.ca starting May 23 at 8 a.m.