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    Ontario to Expand Third COVID-19 Vaccine Dose Eligibility

    Ontario’s Health Minister announced that the provincial government is considering expanding third dose eligibility to more age groups. This comes after concerns about the new Omicron variant and Christine Elliot said they will have “more to say later this week.” The current guideline in the province limits third dose eligibility to only about 20 per cent of the population.

    It includes people over the age of 70, people who received two doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, immunocompromised individuals, Indigenous Ontarians, and residents in long-term care and retirement homes. However, now they are increasing calls to speed up the rollout of third doses before the Omicron variant spreads.

    Elliot told reporters on Monday that “we are urging more Ontarians to please come forward and be vaccinated and we’re also looking at other age groups for booster,… We’ll have more to say about that later in the week because we want to have that extra layer of protection.” 

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