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    Youth living in Ontario between the ages of 12 and 17 are now eligible to schedule an earlier second dose COVID-19 vaccine. This went into effect as of Monday, as the province records the lowest amount of infections in nearly 10 months. The case count today was 170, marking a 40 person decrease from last Monday.

    With Public Health Ontario processing close to 13,000 tests, the positivity rate stands at 1.3 per cent. The rolling seven-day average also dropped to 210 and the number of active cases fell under 2000. 

    Adolescents wanting to accelerate their second dose appointments can do so through public health units that use their own booking systems or the provincial portal. People between the ages of 12-17 can only take Pfizer since it is the only vaccine approved for youth in Canada. Data from the government displays around 78 per cent of adults in Ontario have at least one dose and around 45 per cent are fully vaccinated.

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