"We'll be able to hit those targets over the next week to 10 days."
As vaccination rates continue to rise, Ontario's top doctor is now hinting that the province could officially move out of step three as early as next week.
In a press conference on Tuesday, Dr. Kieran Moore, chief medical officer of health, stated that the province could soon hit the two remaining vaccination targets needed to leave the last step of the reopening plan.
"It looks like we'll be able to hit those targets over the next week to 10 days," he stated.
At the end of July, Ontario reached one of the targets needed for moving out of step three when it was reported that over 80% of all eligible residents had received at least one dose of a vaccine.
Now, the province needs to see 75% of those 12 years old and older receive their second dose, and have no public health unit with less than 70% of eligible residents fully vaccinated.
Currently, just over 72% of all eligible residents in Ontario have received two doses.
What comes after step three?
Last month, Premier Doug Ford revealed that when the province moves out of step three most restrictions will disappear.
"The protocols, for most of them, they're gone, with exception of maybe a few that he may want to keep in place, but for the most part, everyone has worked hard and we're going to move beyond this and start working on the economy," Ford stated.
However, while restrictions such as gathering limitis will be lifted, mask mandates will remain in place.
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