Ontarians 45-plus in ‘hotspots’ now eligible for COVID-19 vaccine
Published April 27, 2021 at 8:19 am
People 45 years of age and older in communities in 13 public health units in Ontario’s ‘hotspots’ can now book their COVID-19 vaccination.
In a press release issued Tuesday morning (April 27), the province announced that as of 8 a.m. “all individuals who are 45 and over in 2021, living in one of the 114 high-risk neighbourhoods, will be eligible to book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment at a mass immunization clinic.”
Appointments can be made through the provincial booking portal or directly through public health units that use their own booking system. The list of ‘hotspot’ postal codes can be found here.
Ontario’s licensed child care workers will also become eligible for their shot this Thursday (April 29) and will be able to book an appointment through the Provincial Vaccine Booking Line number at 1-833-943-3900 or directly through the public health units that use their own booking system.
Workers in licensed child care settings will be getting letters from their employers.
“This letter must be available at the point of booking and taken to the vaccination appointment,” the province’s press release said.
“In the coming weeks, eligibility will be expanded to child care workers in unlicensed child care settings across the province.”
Eligible residents are urged to remain patient as the expansion comes despite the uncertainty surrounding the province’s vaccine supply, but a big shipment could help free up some appointments soon.
The federal government said Monday that it expects Canada to receive around 1.9 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine this week, including its very first shipment of single-dose shots from Johnson & Johnson.
The anticipated shipment includes about 300,000 doses of the J&J vaccine, which will come in addition to more than 1 million Pfizer-BioNTech shots and around 650,000 jabs from Moderna.
The country is not currently scheduled to receive additional supplies of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, which has been in heavy demand after the eligible age for the shot was dropped to 40-plus in several provinces.
The U.S. said Monday that it plans to share as many as 60 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine, including 10 million in the coming weeks — but exactly where they will go remains to be seen.
As of April 26, 2021, at 8:00 p.m., almost 4.8-million vaccine doses have been administered across Ontario.
For more information about Ontario’s vaccine roll-out, visit the provincial website.
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