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Families and youth aged 12 and older line up for a COVID-19 vaccine at Gordon A Brown Middle School in Toronto, May 19, 2021.

Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press

All Ontario youth can move up their second COVID-19 vaccine doses next week.

The change takes effect on Monday at 8 a.m.

Youth aged 12 to 17 can move up their appointments through the provincial booking system, pharmacies or local public health units.

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Vaccines are initially booked four months apart in the province but people now have the option of re-booking for an earlier date.

The province says it’s aiming to provide more protection against COVID-19 and allow for a safe return to school in the fall.

Youth are only eligible for doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

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