Critics warned, however, that the booking process risked becoming chaotic since the government was placing the onus on residents to move up appointments for second shots.
Dr Qureshi described the feedback at the Expo Centre vaccination facility as very encouraging and said now 5,000 to 6,000 people were getting the vaccine jab daily and the department was prepared to handle a greater number of people as its vaccinating capacity was 25,000 to 30,000 persons daily.
"Eligible individuals are encouraged to contact the pharmacy or primary care provider where they received their first dose to book an appointment", the province said in a statement.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford announces shortened COVID-19 vaccine intervals, May 28, 2021. The delivery of the second dose was sped up for that group due to a large amount of the vaccine that was due to expire. "I can't give you a hard answer on how many we expect will not be able to go through that quality assurance piece", Jones said.
"We're using what we have to make sure it gets out to people", Marentette says. People who received their first dose after April 3 will be able to receive a second dose in early June, he said. "We will immediately start administration of second doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine", said Dr Daniel Ngamije, Rwanda's Minister of Health.More news: Biden tells intelligence agencies to look deeper into COVID origins
Opposition politicians echoed those comments, saying the strategy for bookings could replicate the confusion that has defined rollout so far.
Tokyo does not plan to go through the COVAX Facility, a United Nations -backed program aimed at ensuring a fair supply of coronavirus vaccines to developing countries, the officials said. Second dose appointments can also be booked (without a first appointment) in the provincial booking system.
Matshidiso Moeti, WHO regional director for Africa, said during a virtual press briefing hosted by WHO Regional Office for Africa in Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo.
"The type of vaccine available at each location will be confirmed when booking online or over the phone".
"We want to accelerate the second dose for Moderna and Pfizer also, because we want to have the immunity as soon as possible". "Of course this depends on the vaccine supply and the availability of appointments in your region".More news: San Jose shooting: Employees among 'multiple casualties', sheriff says
For most people who received the Oxford-developed vaccine, Dr. Joss Reimer, medical lead of the vaccination implementation task force, is still recommending 12 weeks between first and second doses.
In addition, the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is being offered at an accelerated pace with a 10-week interval for individuals who received their first dose between March 10 to March 19, 2021. This advice will be provided in advance of the 12-week interval when most people are needing to receive their second dose.
The province administered 143,748 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine Wednesday for a total of just over 8.53 million doses. People age 70 and up will be eligible the week of June 14.
Ford indicated on Friday that he will stick to that plan. "We are going to mobilize and we'll get the shots in arms". The two cities have been Quebec's most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The data is based on almost 40,900 completed tests.More news: South Sudan to return 72 000 Covid vaccines to Covax