That rule applies even for people who got a first shot of AstraZeneca and are choosing an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) for their second.
Minister of Health, Christine Elliot, reported that 10,627,469 doses of the COVID-19 vaccines have been administered, including 182,350 doses administered yesterday.
The province said they will be providing "additional allocation" of vaccines where "local inventory has been utilized".
"The Delta variant is more transmissible and may be more unsafe", the modelling documents say.
Primary care providers will be reaching out to book appointments, Ontario said.
"Treat a crisis like a crisis", Bogoch said.
Officials said the province will not be restricting vaccine doses by postal codes in these hot spots and eligibility applies to the whole region. You still are watching this encroach on the existing variants here.
"It's a particularly concerning variant because it has two mutations that have been found in other variants. It's doing that in the United Kingdom and it will do the exact same thing here with us". The province has now also matched or outpaced Israel in terms of first dose vaccination rates.
"This is an exciting time and we know that there are brighter days ahead".
Northern Health sees just five new cases of COVID-19
There are now 2,102 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, and a further 141,663 people who tested positive have recovered. Our immediate goal is to get as many people as possible fully vaccinated with their COVID-19 vaccine as soon as we can.
The data also shows testing numbers have dropped.
That being said, Ontario is tracking along the low "best case scenario" track heading into July and August, which would see case counts continue to come down below 500. Nearly 12 million arms have been jabbed, data show. Caroline Quach-Thanh, pediatric infectious disease specialist and medical microbiologist at Chu Ste.
Whether the timeline for the next phase changes will depend on what happens in the coming weeks, Elliott said.
Ontario is to release new COVID-19 projections today on the eve of its economic reopening.
"I think what comes into play here is to balance", she said.
"What we all want is to be fully vaccinated before this delta variant starts to get transmitted very actively in the community".
Toronto just might get its two-dose summer after all, thanks to the Ontario government's increasingly speedy rollout of COVID vaccines (and a localized spike in cases caused by the aggressive Delta variant).
"The risk of exposure is highest now", Banerji told CBC News Network on Thursday.