Ontario to present new COVID-19 projections ahead of reopening, update on vaccine rollout

WATCH ABOVE: Ontario is further expanding vaccine eligibility for seven health units in COVID-19 Delta variant hot spots, announced Deputy Premier and Health Minister Christine Elliott on Thursday. This is the variant first detected in India. Starting June 14 at 8 a.m. ET, residents in eligible areas who received their first shot on or before May 9 can book an appointment for a second dose.

TORONTO — Ontario is to release new COVID-19 projections and an update on its vaccine rollout on Thursday, the eve of its economic reopening.

New modelling will be presented at the afternoon pandemic update with the province’s top doctor.

Health Minister Christine Elliott and solicitor general Sylvia Jones will update Ontario’s vaccination plan at a separate news conference.

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The modelling and vaccination updates will come as the province prepares to enter the first step of its reopening plan on Friday, which will allow limited retail shopping and patio dining.

New COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations have dropped in recent weeks and the province is moving ahead with the first step of its reopening plan a few days early.

More restrictions will loosen after 21 days if pandemic indicators improve and more people get vaccinated.

Despite positive trends, officials say they’re monitoring the spread of a more infectious virus variant.

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