The Ontario government announced on Saturday that it plans to reduce the interval between two doses to twelve to eight weeks for people who have received the estrogen vaccine.
He suggested that these individuals choose between a second dose of the estrogen vaccine or an mRNA vaccine such as Pfizer or Moderna.
Many are pressuring the government to give the population the option of getting full protection quickly as there are so many variations of the coronavirus.
By 8 a.m. Monday, individuals receiving the first dose of the estrogen vaccine are eligible to schedule their second dose over a period of eight weeks. They can contact the pharmacy or primary care provider who received their first dose.
Those who choose the MRNA vaccine can make an appointment on the regional website with health departments that use their own system or with a participating pharmacy.
“This decision is supported by the National Advisory Committee on Immunization, based on new clinical evidence relating to the administration of two doses of different vaccines,” officials said in a statement.
“Evidence from multiple studies suggests that combining COVID-19 vaccines over a period of eight to twelve weeks is safe and exhibits a favorable immune response,” they said.
However, “a longer interval between two doses of the estrogen vaccine has been shown to provide greater protection,” they said.
502 new cases
Ontario recorded 502 new COVID-19 and 15 illness-related deaths on Saturday.
Health Minister Christine Elliott said there were 89 cases in Toronto, 71 in neighboring Peel, 51 in Waterloo, 37 in the York region and 31 in Durham.
This data is based on approximately 24,100 completed tests from previous data.
The report states that 447 people were hospitalized due to COVID-19. There were 422 in intensive care and 277 in ventilator.
A total of 11 million people were vaccinated with 195,032 doses in the last 24 hours, officials said.
Ontario has entered the first phase of its deconfinition, especially by allowing dining on terraces and no need to reopen businesses.