Hamilton expands vaccine eligibility to 55-plus; Province says all adults eligible by end of May

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Hamilton residents who are 55-years-of-age or older will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, starting Friday (Apr. 30).

The announcement was made Thursday (Apr. 29) by the city’s health care partners as the Province prepares to ramp up its vaccination rollout.

The Ontario government is expecting millions of doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines to arrive, allowing the rollout to be accelerated.

Ontario now says all adults will be able to register for a first dose by the end of May.

The revised outlook based on the provincial framework has been updated to the following:

  • April 26: Age 55 and up; those 45 years old and up in hot-spot communities; and licensed child-care workers.
  • May 3: Age 50 and up; adults age 18 and up in hot-spot communities; those with health conditions deemed “high risk”; and some people who cannot work from home.
  • May 10: Age 40 and up; those with health conditions deemed “at-risk”; and more individuals who cannot work from home.
  • May 17: Age 30 and up.
  • May 24: Age 18 and up.

In Hamilton, approximately 186,114 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Public health says more than 33 per cent of residents over the age of 16 have received at least one dose.

Eligible Hamilton residents can book an appointment at a large-scale clinic through the Ontario online booking portal: hamilton.ca/VaccineBooking.

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