Today, Premier Doug Ford announced that Ontario's vaccine timeline is officially entering into phase 2.

Phase 2 in Ontario will focus on vaccinating those with high-risk health conditions in hotspot areas, followed by employees who cannot work from home, says the government.

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"Phase Two is focused on age and at-risk populations to prevent further death, hospitalization and transmission," says the release. This means that as of April 6, 2021, those with high-risk health conditions and their essential caregivers will be eligible.

In addition to those with outstanding health conditions, people who live and work in congregate settings and certain workers who cannot work from home will also become eligible.

Within this phase, Ontario aims to have administered 9 million vaccinations across the province by the end of June.  

What workers are eligible for a vaccine in phase 2?

According to the Ontario government, a certain group of essential workers will become eligible for vaccines in phase 2.

Certain workers who cannot work from home will start to become eligible starting early April.

The list of example professions provided in the release is as follows:

  • elementary/secondary school staff

  • food manufacturing workers

  • high-risk and critical retail workers.