The criteria for Ontario vaccine eligibility has expanded as of 8 a.m. on Thursday, May 6, to include a whole new host of people.

According to the province, newly eligible groups include First Nations, Inuit and Métis individuals; anyone 50 and over; people with high-risk health conditions and a number of people who aren't able to work from home.

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The province has split "workers who cannot work from home" into two groups; only the first group is eligible as of Thursday (the second group becomes eligible next week), and Group 1 includes the following:

  • Education staff (teachers, bus drivers, custodians and administrators)
  • Emergency service workers
  • By-law enforcement officers and food/workplace/health inspectors
  • Childcare workers
  • Foster care workers
  • Food manufacturing and distribution workers
  • Agriculture and farm workers
  • Funeral, crematorium and cemetery workers

Newly eligible Ontarians can book their vaccination appointment by visiting Ontario's website or through public health units using their own systems.

More and more Ontarians are becoming eligible

Ontario is currently in the middle of Phase 2 of its vaccination plan, and the province is targeting adults living in hot spots, individuals with health issues, people who can't work from home and seniors 50 years old and over.

The province recently announced that any residents aged 18 or older living in a hot spot can book a vaccination appointment.

And Ontario is also beginning to look into vaccinating children ages 12 and up following Health Canada's approval of the Pfizer vaccine for people aged 12 to 15.

However appointments are filling up in several places in the province, and the City of Toronto announced on Thursday that its city-run vaccination clinics are almost completely booked until June 2021.