The province has announced today (May 2) that it will further expand booking eligibility for COVID-19 vaccination appointments across Ontario “due to a stable and reliable increase in vaccine supply.”
Starting 8:00 a.m. on Monday, May 3, residents who are 18 and over in 2021 and who live in one of the province’s 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 or directly through public health units that use their own booking system.
That includes the following hotspots:
Peel: L4T, L4W, L4X, L4Z, L5A, L5B, L5C, L5K, L5L, L5M, L5N, L5R, L5V, L5W, L6P, L6R, L6S, L6T, L6V, L6W, L6X, L6Y, L6Z, L7A, and L7C.
Hamilton: L9C, L8W, L8L, L8N, L9K (L9C and L8W eligible for provincial booking)
Additionally, beginning Thursday, May 6 at 8:00 a.m. the following groups throughout the province will also be eligible to book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment:
- Individuals turning 50 and over in 2021
- Individuals with high-risk health conditions
- People who cannot work from home who fall under Group One (including remaining elementary and secondary school workers)
- First Nations, Inuit and Metis individuals in addition to the other channels previously available to book their appointment
Priority populations who have been only able to book via the provincial call centre will now also be able to book online, including individuals with the highest risk health conditions, child care workers in licenced child care settings, and education workers who provide direct support to students with special education needs.
“With additional supply our government is increasing access to the COVID-19 vaccines in the communities hardest hit by COVID-19,” said Health Minister Christine Elliott.
“Continuing to focus on getting vaccines in the arms of those most at risk will help to stop the spread of COVID-19 in these communities, protect our hospital capacity and save lives. I continue to urge everyone to sign up to receive the vaccine as soon as it’s your turn.”
The province is urging now eligible residents to be patient when booking, as it could take time to receive the vaccination.