By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

On Wednesday, Toronto Mayor John Tory announced more than 70 per cent of Toronto adults are fully vaccinated and 80 per cent of all eligible residents (age 12 and up) have received at least their first dose.

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In total, more than 4.3 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered as part of the Team Toronto initiative through Friday.

Toronto Public Health reminds the public that a second dose of vaccine is the best protection against the COVID-19 Delta variant (B.1.617.2) that is more infectious than other strains of the virus. Recent studies have shown that two weeks after the second dose of COVID-19 vaccine, a person’s protection against the Delta variant is 50 per cent higher than one dose alone.

First dose vaccinations at City-operated clinics are by walk-in only. All nine City-run clinics are offering walk-in vaccinations for anyone age 12 and older needing a first or second dose of COVID-19 vaccine.Clinics are open to walk-ins every day from noon to 7 p.m.

Second dose appointments are available by walk-in, and can also be booked by anyone, including youth ages 12 to 17, who received a first Pfizer or Moderna vaccine at least 28 days ago or a first AstraZeneca vaccine at least eight weeks ago. To book an appointment, click the blue “Book a Vaccine” button at City’s COVID-19 webpage or call the Provincial Vaccine Booking Line at 1-833-943-3900.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Toronto has reported 170,713 cumulative cases, including the 66 new cases yesterday. More than 166,000 people have recovered and 3606 have died, including one new fatality.

Toronto currently has 390 active cases.