The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada (every hour Eastern):
Quebec is shortening the interval between the first and second dose of Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna mRNA vaccines to eight weeks.
The province previously recommended a 16 week interval.
Last week, Quebec shortened the interval between doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine to eight weeks.
Health Minister Christian Dubé is expected to announce a plan later today that would allow people to postpone appointments for the second dose of the vaccine.
Quebec is reporting 267 new cases of COVID-19 and six other deaths attributed to the virus, including one in the past 24 hours.
Health officials say hospitalizations have dropped from 23 to 317 and 68 people are in intensive care – a drop from nine.
The province says 85,230 doses of the vaccine were administered yesterday, for a total of just over 5.8 million.
A little over 62% of Quebecers have received a dose.
Quebec has reported a total of 371,082 cases of COVID-19 and 11,144 deaths linked to the virus.
Ontario is reporting 870 new cases of COVID-19 in the province and 10 more deaths linked to the virus.
Health Minister Christine Elliott said there were 225 new cases in Toronto, 167 in Peel region and 49 in the Porcupine Health Unit region.
Ontario says more than 150,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered since Wednesday’s report for a total of more than 9.4 million doses.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published on June 3, 2021.
The Canadian Press