Over 300 pharmacies in Ontario will be offering doses of a COVID-19 vaccine starting this week.
The provincial government released the full list of pharmacies on Wednesday, March 10, which are located all across southern Ontario.
Who is eligible to get the vaccine?
Those pharmacies will be delivering doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to Ontarians between the age of 60 and 64.
Those specific ages have been selected because Canada’s National Advisory Committee On Immunization does not recommend that the AstraZeneca vaccine be used for people over the age of 65 because of “limited information” on the effectiveness for that age group.
At the moment, Ontario is transitioning into Phase 2 of its vaccination rollout plan and residents over the age of 80 are eligible to book appointments in their local PHU.
When Phase 2 begins in April, more seniors will be able to book an appointment (starting with those aged 75 and older, followed by those aged 70 and older, and so on) along with essential workers, individuals with high-risk chronic conditions and others.
Which pharmacies are administering vaccines in Ontario?
There are 326 pharmacies in total, located in three Public Health Units (PHUs) — Toronto, Windsor-Essex, and Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington.
Some eligible pharmacies are inside various Loblaws, Rexall, Shoppers and Costco stores, as well.
According to the province, the vaccine rollout will be expanded to more PHUs as supply increases — so far, Ontario has received 194,500 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Vaccinations at the pharmacies will begin on Friday, March 12, but Ontarians can find the full list of participating pharmacies here.
Where can I book an appointment?
The Ontario government has set up a website for people to book an appointment at one of the participating pharmacies.
Residents can find the closest pharmacy to them by using the first three digits of their postal code and then call that pharmacy directly to make an appointment.
However, some other Ontarians will get their vaccine from a primary care provider without needing to make an appointment.
The government also announced today that Ontarians who live in Toronto, Hamilton, Guelph, Peterborough, Simcoe-Muskoka and Peel will also be able to get doses of the vaccine at their local doctor's office beginning on March 13.
Rather than taking appointments, participating doctors in those regions will directly reach out to their patients themselves beginning Wednesday, March 10.