Ontario Expands Eligibility for Third COVID-19 Vaccination

Ontario has expanded the eligibility for a third COVID-19 dose, with additional “high-risk” group individuals gaining access to booster shots on November 6.

High-risk groups can receive booster shots 6 months after the last vaccination. The groups are:

  • Individuals over 70 years old
  • Healthcare workers and caregivers working in apartments such as nursing homes and retirement homes.
  • Individuals who have received the complete series of viral vector vaccines (two doses of AstraZeneca vaccine or one dose of Janssen vaccine).When
  • Indigenous, Inuit, and Metis adults, including non-indigenous families.

Ontario is Canada’s first state to receive a third vaccination to select a vulnerable population.

According to the state government, this expansion will bring the number of eligible individuals in the state to 2.75 million. In a statement on November 3rd It was based on recommendations from the Chief Health Officer and the National Advisory Board on Immunity.

Talk in Press conference On November 3, Ontario Health Officer Kieran Moore said COVID-19 is likely to become the “annual winter virus” in the coming years, and the government’s “preference” naturally immunizes. He said it was to get the vaccine, not to do it. ..

“We cannot escape from this virus. Exposure can naturally infect the virus, and given that it can have serious and serious consequences associated with the virus, this is our preference. Not, “Moore said.

“Our preference is to protect yourself, your community and your loved ones with safe and effective vaccines. It’s not just you as an individual, but our health system. The impact on is also minimized. “

When asked if in the future three vaccinations would need to be considered “fully vaccinated,” Moore could “see it.” [happening] Down the road. “

“We are always data-driven and track data with long-term effects,” Moore said.

The government said plans to extend booster shot eligibility to all ontarians would begin in January, 6-8 months after the second dose, based on age and risk.

Ontario is also working with public health services to prepare children between the ages of 5 and 11 for vaccination, awaiting Health Canada approval. Last month, Pfizer-BioNTech asked Health Canada to approve a vaccine for children, which was criticized by opposition lawmakers.

Andrew Chen


Andrew Chen is a Toronto-based Epoch Times reporter.