'Vaccine Hunger Games 2.0': Ontario unleashes wave of frustration, confusion with COVID-19 second dose vaccination plan

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On Friday, Ontario released its plan to accelerate administration of second doses of COVID-19, beginning with individuals 80 and older being able to book their appointment on May 31.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford said the province will use a "first-in, first-out" strategy to make appointments available for second doses, dependent on vaccine supply, moving forward.

For Ontarians who received their first shot through their local public health unit's booking system, primary care provider or a at a pop-up clinic, the province has stated that "more information will follow on how and when second dose booking and rebooking will be available," but second dose appointments can be made through the provincial system.

Following the announcement of the plan Ontarians, including health experts, took to social media to share their thoughts on this proposed "second dose summer."

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Others in the province expressed that they would like to see more guidance on these second dose appointments, hoping to see them rolled out as soon as possible.

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There are still people in Ontario who continue to ask questions about what will happen with their second dose if they received one dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine. The province has indicated that it is waiting on national guidance on vaccine mixing, while individuals who received their first dose between Mar. 10 and Mar. 19 are eligible to receive their second dose of AstraZeneca.

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