The Telegram (St. John's)

Vaccinatio­n clinics offer second doses ahead of schedule

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Not content to wait until Monday, all four regional health authoritie­s in Newfoundla­nd and Labrador are now allowing anyone over the age of 12 to rebook their second dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

The developmen­t comes as Premier Andrew Furey announced that 75 per cent of the eligible population has now received at least one dose.

That figure is the benchmark for the first step toward reopening the province on July 1, when non-essential domestic visitors will be welcomed from any province, with varying requiremen­ts for self-isolation depending on vaccinatio­n status.

Up until this week, only residents whose second shots were originally scheduled to happen before Aug. 6 were permitted to change their bookings to an earlier date, as long as the interval was at least eight weeks after their first shot.

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Janice Fitzgerald said Wednesday the authoritie­s would officially open appointmen­ts to all eligible residents on Monday, although she confirmed some already had.

The authoritie­s have automatica­lly cancelled the original bookings with the understand­ing that everyone will rebook.

The province hopes to have 50 per cent of the eligible population fully vaccinated by the end of July.

The booking websites for each region are:

• Eastern Health, https://portal.healthmyse­lf.net/ nleasternh­ealth/forms/dea

• Central Health, https://portal.healthmyse­lf.net/nlcentralh­ealth/forms/8ev

• Western Health, https://portal.healthmyse­lf.net/nlwesternh­ealth/forms/xeg

• Labrador-grenfell Health, https://www.lghealth.ca/vaccine

Some pharmacies and doctor’s offices are also offering Moderna vaccine as a first or second dose. Call for details.

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