On Friday, May 28, the province announced they are accelerating second doses for all Ontarians now that 65% of the Ontario adult population has received their first dose. While the interval between first and second doses can be up to 16 weeks, Ontario will begin to offer second dose appointments earlier, based on availability of vaccines. The shortened dose could be as short as 28 days depending on local vaccine supply and appointment availability.

Eligibility to book a second dose at a shortened interval will begin the week of May 31 for individuals aged 80+, followed by individuals aged 70+ the week of June 14. Subsequent groups will be eligible to book a second dose at a shortened interval based on ‘first-in, first-out’ basis, with the exception of individuals aged 12 to 25, who are eligible the week of August 9 to 16.

Starting Monday, May 31, Peel residents aged 80+ who received their first dose at a Peel Public Health vaccination clinic can visit the provincial website or call the provincial booking line at 1-833-943-3900 (TTY for people who are deaf, hearing-impaired or speech-impaired: 1-866-797-0007). Eligible residents can also call the Region of Peel COVID-19 Vaccination Line at 905-791-5202, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., 7 days a week to re-book their appointment.

Most Peel residents aged 80+ received their first dose at hospital clinics. Information on shortened interval second dose booking is available online for individuals who received their first dose at William Osler Health System or Trillium Health Partners. Residents are encouraged to get their second dose at the same location as their first dose and are reminded that it must be the same vaccine type. If residents are unable to attend the same location as their first dose, other options include primary care providers and pharmacies.

Once residents have a new second dose appointment, they are encouraged to cancel their original appointment. If you choose to reschedule your second dose appointment, please be patient as appointments for the shortened interval will be phased in as per the provincial schedule and in alignment with the vaccine supply.

Information: Region of Peel