Pregnant women of any age in Ontario are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
The province says the change is in light of new information showing women who are pregnant are at high risk of severe illness.
The health minister’s office says pregnant women are now considered among those with the highest need for shots.
They can now book through the provincial call centre — at 1-888-999-6488 — or through local public health units.
A doctor’s note is not necessary, and women can expect to wait about 16 weeks for a second dose.
Meanwhile, Toronto and Peel Region could begin to order the temporary closure of some businesses to control workplace COVID-19 outbreaks as of Friday.
The orders from the top doctors in both regions were expected to come into effect today, a measure they both said was designed to protect tens of thousands of essential workers from the virus.
Both regions said the orders would close businesses with recent outbreaks of five or more linked cases in the past two weeks.
The shutdowns will last for 10 days and workers will have to self-isolate during that time.
Peel Region says it will post the names of the businesses closed under the order.
Public health experts and labour groups have called on the province to narrow the list of essential businesses permitted to remain open as virus cases surge.