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Healthcare worker Thi Nguyen will administer the Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine to a patient at a COVID-19 clinic in Ottawa on Tuesday, March 30, 2021. (Sean Kilpatrick / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Ottawa residents 80 and older can postpone their second COVID-19 vaccine dose this week as Ontario shortens the vaccine dose gap to start a summer with two doses.

With 65 percent of adults in Ontario having their first vaccination for COVID-19, the province is accelerating the rollout of the second vaccination with the goal of fully vaccinating the majority of Ontarians by the end of the summer.

Starting Monday at 8:00 a.m., all Ottawa adults aged 80 and over will be able to book their second vaccination date through the provincial booking system. This applies to both those who booked their first doses through the provincial system and those who booked their first shot through Ottawa Public Health.

The City of Ottawa warns that bookings availability may be limited due to delivery of the COVID-19 vaccine.

“If you received your first dose on March 5th, 6th or 7th, Ottawa Public Health will contact you for guaranteed access to an appointment for June 26th, 27th and 28th,” said the City in a media release on Friday. “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, 38,869 Ottawa residents aged 80 and over had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. A total of 9,652 residents received both doses.

From the week of June 14, adults 70 and over will be able to access the provincial booking system to book their second dose earlier.

During the week of June 28th, people who received their first dose between March 8th and April 18th can postpone their second dose.

The city says people who already have appointments for the second dose will keep their original appointment unless they rebook for an earlier admission.

Ottawa residents 12 and older can still schedule an appointment for an initial dose through the provincial booking system.

The City of Ottawa and Ottawa Public Health will resume COVID-19 vaccination clinics in certain priority neighborhoods this week.

People aged 12 and over who live in the neighborhoods in question can receive the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in the pop-up clinics.

Residents are asked to bring at least one ID and proof of address must be provided. A valid Ontario Health Card is preferred but is not required if you do not have one.

The Ontario government says that when booking an appointment through the province’s online system, you will be asked for the following information:

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