BOOSTER DOSES AVAILABLE MORE QUICKLY TO ALL AND REDUCED INTERVAL TO 3 MONTHS
COVID – December 17, 2021. The Government of Ontario is responding to the rising number of cases of COVID and the threat of the Omicron variant by immediately making booster shots available to all Ontario residents 18 years of age and older beginning Monday, December 20, 2021. That’s two weeks earlier than expected. Make an appointment at the provincial portal https://covid19.ontariohealth.ca/ or at selected pharmacies.
In addition, the government is reducing the waiting time between vaccinations from 6 months to just 3 months.
There will also be a free testing blitz starting today, December 16, and temporary testing sites at select LCBO locations. There will also be temporary testing sites in shopping malls, Christmas markets and other locations. See https://www.ontario.ca/fr/page/cale ndrier-des-fetes-pour-les-tests-antigeniques-rapides
New restrictive measures related to the Omicron variant
COVID – December 14, 2021,
The Ontario government has announced immediate restrictions on long-term care and retirement homes. As of today, ALL visitors must be fully vaccinated.
The government is putting these measures in place because of the alarming spread of the Omicron variant.
In addition, as of December 17, all employees, volunteers and caregivers of these institutions will be required to be tested for COVID twice a week and at all entrances to their respective facilities, regardless of their immunization status. And all visitors will have to present a negative test on arrival. The number of visitors will also be limited to 2 people at a time.
Effective December 22, 2021, rapid antigen tests will be required for staff, volunteers, contractors, essential caregivers and visitors prior to entering the facility.
The Ontario Ministry of Health announced about 10 days ago that it is expanding access to booster shots of COVID-19 to people 50 years of age and older and those at high risk of immune system damage starting today, December 13, 2021.
In addition, on Friday, December 10, the Ministry also announced that it is again extending eligibility for booster shots to Ontarians 18 years of age and older as of January 4, 2022. Appointments for these vaccines can be made 6 months after the second vaccine, regardless of the manufacturer.