Province expected to reveal plan for 4th COVID doses in Ontario

Ontario is expected to detail its plan for fourth COVID-19 vaccine doses today.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says the province intends to offer fourth shots to people aged 60 and older.

Fourth doses are already available to long-term care and retirement home residents and immunocompromised people in Ontario.

Plans to expand second booster shots are expected after the National Advisory Committee on Immunization advised provinces and territories to prepare to roll out fourth shots in the coming weeks.

Read more: Ontario to soon offer 4th COVID-19 vaccine doses to those aged 60+: health minister

The committee is recommending provinces prioritize people aged 80 and older and long-term care residents, and strongly recommends fourth doses for people between the ages of 70 and 79.

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NACI says it’s still studying whether second booster shots are necessary for younger adults and adolescents.

Meanwhile, the latest wastewater data released by Ontario’s science advisers on COVID-19 suggests infections in the province are almost as high as in early January, when Omicron was at its peak.

The number of people in Ontario hospitals with COVID-19 was up nearly 40 per cent Tuesday compared with a week earlier.

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