Ontario reports 447 new cases of COVID-19, four deaths, over 135,000 vaccinations

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TORONTO — Ontario is reporting 447 new cases of COVID-19 today and four more deaths linked to the virus.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says there are 110 new cases in Toronto, 61 in Peel Region and 56 in Waterloo.

She says there are also 39 new cases in the Porcupine Health Unit and 29 in Durham Region.

Today’s data is based on nearly 13,600 tests completed.

The Ministry of Health says 384 people are in hospital because of COVID-19 but notes that more than 10 per cent of hospitals did not submit data over the weekend.

Ontario says that 135,574 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine were administered since Sunday’s report, for a total of over 11.3 million.

More Ontarians are able to book an accelerated second dose of COVID-19 vaccine starting Monday.

People who live in regions where the Delta variant of COVID-19 is spreading and who received their first shot on or before May 9 can make an appointment for their second dose.

The strategy is focused on Toronto, Peel, Halton, Porcupine, Waterloo, York and Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph.

Those who received a first jab of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine can now book their second shot after eight weeks. The Ontario government had previously set a minimum wait time of 12 weeks for people who took a first dose of AstraZeneca.

They can choose whether to get a second dose of AstraZeneca, or switch to an mRNA vaccine made by Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna.