Ontario sees 170 new COVID-19 cases as second-dose vaccine appointments open to ages 12 to 17

Ontarians aged 12 to 17 became eligible to book an accelerated second dose of COVID-19 vaccine Monday, as the province logged its fewest number of new cases in nearly 10 months. 

Today’s case count of 170 is the lowest since September 10. It is also down from last Monday, when Ontario saw 210 further infections. 

The additional cases come as labs completed almost 13,000 tests and Public Health Ontario recorded a provincewide positivity rate of 1.3 per cent. 

The seven-day average of daily cases fell to 210.

Moreover, the number of active cases in the province dropped below 2,000 for the first time since September 14.

The Ministry of Health stops counting a case as active after two weeks, so the total figure does not necessarily reflect how many people are experiencing symptoms from COVID-19. Nonetheless, Ontario’s peak caseload during the third wave, the highest at any point in the pandemic, was nearly 43,000.

Ontario’s COVID-19 science advisory table estimates that the delta variant of concern now accounts for roughly 74 per cent of new cases.

As of yesterday, there were 228 people being treated for COVID-related illnesses in intensive care units. Of those patients, 157 needed a ventilator to breathe.

According to data from Critical Care Services Ontario, fewer than five COVID-19 patients are being admitted, on average, to intensive care each day. 

The Ministry also reported the death of another person with the illness, pushing the official toll to 9,215.

Pfizer only vaccine approved for ages 12-17

Appointments for second doses for 12 to 17 year olds opened up at 8 a.m. ET on the provincial portal, directly through public health units that use their own booking systems, and via participating pharmacies.

The young people who book will receive the Pfizer-BioNTech shot — the only COVID-19 vaccine currently approved for use in youth in Canada.

The decision to accelerate second doses for youth comes as the province continues to ramp up its vaccination campaign.

Ontario initially booked people in for a second shot four months after their initial dose.

Provincial data shows more than 78 per cent of Ontario adults have at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and roughly 46.3 per cent are fully-vaccinated.

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