Expanding Vaccine Eligibility

Published on May 03, 2021
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Ontario Expands COVID-19 Vaccination Booking for More People

As of Monday, May 3, 2021, at 8:00 a.m., individuals who are 18 and over in 2021 and live in one of the 114 hot spot communities will be eligible to book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment at a mass immunization clinic through the provincial online booking system. In Eglinton-Lawrence, this is postal codes beginning with M5N, M6A, M6B, and M6E.  Vaccine bookings can be made at http://ontario.ca/bookvaccine or by phone at 1-888-999-6488. 

This expansion of eligibility will support the government’s strategy of allocating 50 per cent of vaccine allocations to hot spots the weeks of May 3rd and 10th

In addition, beginning Thursday, May 6, 2021, at 8:00 a.m. the following groups throughout the province will be eligible to book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment, through the provincial online booking system and call centre:

  • Individuals turning 50 and over in 2021
  • Individuals with high-risk health conditions:
    • Obesity (BMI over 40)
    • Other treatments causing immunosuppression (for example, chemotherapy, immunity-weakening medications)
    • Intellectual or developmental disabilities (for example, Down Syndrome)
    • One essential caregiver for individuals with the conditions in this category who require regular and sustained assistance with personal care or activities of daily living
  • People who cannot work from home who fall under Group One (including remaining elementary and secondary school workers):
    • Remaining elementary and secondary school workers (including educators, custodial, school bus drivers, administrative staff)
    • Workers responding to critical events (including police, fire, special constables, children’s aid society workers, emergency management, critical infrastructure restoration workers)
    • Enforcement, inspection and compliance roles (including by-law enforcement, building inspectors, food inspectors, animal welfare inspectors, border inspection officers, labour inspectors, WSIB field workers)
    • Remaining individuals working in licensed childcare settings (including all licensees, employees and students on educational placements who interact directly with children in licensed childcare centres and in authorized recreation and skill building programs, licensed home child care and in-home service providers, employees of home child care agencies)
    • Foster care agenda workers (including customary care providers)
    • Food manufacturing and distribution workers
    • Agriculture and farm workers
    • Funeral, crematorium and cemetery workers 
  • First Nations, Inuit and Métis individuals in addition to the other channels previously available to book their appointment.

In addition, the following priority populations who are already eligible to book via the provincial call centre will also be able to book online as of Thursday May 6, 2020 at 8:00 a.m.:

  • individuals with the highest risk health conditions:
    • Organ transplant recipients
    • Hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients (bone marrow transplant)
    • Neurological diseases that impact breathing (for example, motor neuron disease, myasthenia gravis, multiple sclerosis
    • Haematological malignancy diagnosed within the last year
    • Kidney disease with estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) under 30
    • Pregnancy
    • One essential caregiver for individuals with the conditions in this category who require regular and sustained assistance with personal care or activities of daily living
  • child care workers in licenced child care settings;
  • education workers who provide direct support to students with special education needs;

Vaccine bookings for all eligible groups can be made at http://ontario.ca/bookvaccine or by phone at 1-888-999-6488. 

Ontarians who are now eligible to book their vaccine appointment are asked to be patient, as it could take time to receive their vaccination. Public health units are responsible for managing and overseeing the distribution and administration of vaccines for their entire region, and public health units may have different vaccine administration rates based on local context.

 
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Authorized by the CFO for the Eglinton-Lawrence PC Association