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Ottawa residents 80 and older can book their second intake of the COVID-19 vaccine next week as the province cuts the vaccine delivery schedule to two doses for one summer.
However, the city of Ottawa warns that availability of appointments for a second dose “may be limited” due to vaccine supplies.
The Ontario government unveiled a plan on Friday morning to shorten the gap between COVID-19 vaccine doses, with the goal of fully vaccinating the majority of residents by the end of summer.
The city of Ottawa announced Friday night that all adults born in 1941 or earlier will be able to book their second vaccination date through the provincial booking system starting at 8:00 a.m. Monday.
“This applies to both those who booked their first doses through the provincial system and those who booked their first doses through Ottawa Public Health,” the city said.
In Ottawa, 38,869 residents aged 80 and over received one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 9,652 residents received both doses.
Anthony Di Monte, general manager of emergency and protection services for Ottawa, said Friday morning on CTV Morning Live that the city is planning to accelerate the vaccination period as part of the vaccine rollout.
“We’ll have that in our planning process and be able to bring everyone together, which is good news,” said Di Monte.
“If you received your first dose on March 5th, 6th or 7th, Ottawa Public Health will contact you for guaranteed access to an appointment on June 26th, 27th and 28th,” said the City.
“These residents also have the option to book their second dose earlier if they can make an earlier appointment at a community clinic or through the pharmacy channel.”
As of Friday, 517,482 Ottawa residents aged 18 and over have received one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 45,873 residents have received two doses.
In a statement to CTV News Ottawa on Friday afternoon, Di Monte said the city is trying to determine if the accelerated schedule for second doses could delay the first doses for some residents.
“The city is reviewing (on Friday) the province’s announcement and will see if there is any impact in the coming weeks,” Di Monte said. “We would like to assure all residents that anyone who wants to book a vaccination appointment has the opportunity to do so as soon as the care allows.”
Leslie Roberts, presenter on CTV Morning Live, asked Di Monte when the city would start increasing the second dose.
“That’s already in our planning. So we know that when we get our second care group how many are waiting for their second dose, that is part of our planning process. So we’re not going to use those doses, we’re going to keep them.” them for second doses, “said Di Monte.
As part of Ontario’s accelerated schedule, residents 70 and older can schedule an appointment for a second dose on the week of June 14th. According to Ontario, teenagers between the ages of 12 and 25 receive the first dose in June and a second dose in August.
“It was almost like being in prison. It was a really tough 15 months,” said Allan Croziers from Ottawa.
Croziers was originally supposed to have his second dose in July. Now he will go online Monday morning to book his second shot.
“It means we’re getting closer to doing normal things with our family that we haven’t been able to in the last 15 months. I look forward to getting hugs from my sons and grandchildren.”
For Ottawa student Shaylin Dagamma, prioritizing the students to receive the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in August could mean an appropriate college experience in the fall.
“With our teachers and discuss and class activities, school sports and just see our friends again.”
The expedited schedule for the second dose only applies to those who have received either Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines. You have to postpone the vaccination appointment yourself.
People who already have appointments for the second dose will keep their original appointments unless they rebook for an earlier admission. Postponing the date of your second dose is optional.
This week, the city of Ottawa announced that 60 percent of adults ages 18 and older have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
“We’re fully booked. Every piece of vaccine we have is currently fully booked, but we usually get our supplies on Tuesday morning so we can see if it arrives as planned. We can get a little more.” Flexibility, “said Di Monte.
Di Monte was asked when the city of Ottawa could reach the 70 percent target.
“The crystal ball you asked me this morning. Things are going well, I think we can certainly achieve that in the next few weeks if we continue to have the supplies we have,” said Di Monte.
“It will depend. If we start taking second doses that will crowd out our first doses, but I would confidently say we would certainly be in the 70 percent range by June.”
CTVNewsOttawa.ca contacted Di Monte Friday afternoon to see if starting the second dose could delay the first doses for some residents.
“The city is reviewing (on Friday) the province’s announcement and will see if there is any impact in the coming weeks,” Di Monte said. “We want to assure all residents that anyone who wants to book a vaccination appointment will have the opportunity to do so as soon as care allows.” Health worker Thi Nguyen administered a patient at a COVID-19 clinic in Ottawa on Tuesday , March 30, 2021, the Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine. (Sean Kilpatrick / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
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