In a news release late Friday afternoon, the province said the change would come into effect on June 11. Ontario will release its latest COVID-19 data every Thursday, starting June 16.
duplicate statements for institutions such as long-term care homes, retirement homes and schools.
This information is available through other channels, including for example from local public health offices and school boardsclaims the province.
In addition, the province will remove CheckOntario from mobile app stores by June 24. OntarioCheck was used to validate proof of vaccination.
Another dose of COVID-19 vaccine in planning
Also on Friday, Ontario’s chief medical officer of health said he and his colleagues are preparing for another round of booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine next fall.
Dr. Kieran Moore said preparations for a new strategic COVID-19 operation in the fall are well advanced, including vaccination. Health authorities are evaluating various scenarios in anticipation of a difficult flu season or the emergence of a new variant of the coronavirus.
In an interview on Friday, Dr. Moore confirmed that a new booster dose will be offered to the most vulnerable people and that it is not excluded to also offer it to the general population, and this,
The third doses are currently available for people 12 years and older. The fourth doses are available for people age 60 and older, First Nations, Inuit and Métis adults, and adult members of their household. Immunocompromised people – especially transplant recipients – aged 60 and over as well as patients in long-term care units can receive a fifth dose.
In addition, Ontario will purchase more than six million doses of flu vaccine, Dr. Moore announced.
He also says he anticipates the arrival of a new generation of vaccines in time for the fall to better prevent complications from not only the original strain, but also the newer variants in circulation, including Omicron.
The requirement to wear masks on public transit and in health care facilities will end this weekend in Ontario. However, hospitals have announced that they will continue to require it. Dr. Moore also reserved the possibility of reinstating the imposition of the mask later in the year if necessary.
Specifically, he warned that if a new wave of COVID-19 threatens the proper functioning of the health care system, he could impose mask wearing again. However, he considers it unlikely that other health instructions will be necessary due to COVID-19.