Ontario Will Be Lowering Its Age Requirement For Vaccine Appointments In High-Risk Areas
In an attempt to fight the third wave, COVID-19 vaccines will now be available to people 18 and over in the province's biggest hotspots.
The Ford government announced on April 7 that the most at-risk neighbourhoods in Peel and Toronto will be prioritized in the vaccine rollout, however, it has not listed which areas those are.
To support this, mobile teams will be sent out to administer vaccine doses to people 18 years old and over in high-risk settings, residential buildings, places of worship, and at large workplace locations in those neighbourhoods.
There will also be pop-up clinics in these areas.
The government announced that eligibility for the provincial booking system will also be extended to include people aged 50 and up in high-risk areas as of April 9, 2021.
Who is eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine in Ontario right now?
The province is currently in Phase 2 of its vaccine rollout.
Adults aged 60 and older are eligible to get a dose at vaccination clinics, while adults turning 55 or older this year can get a dose at a participating pharmacy.
With Wednesday's announcement, eligibility has also been extended to all adults aged 18 and older in hotspot neighbourhoods, as well as teachers in high-risk areas within Peel and Toronto.
All across the province, education workers who support students with special needs will also be able to get a vaccine dose.
The District School Board of Niagara also announced that its teachers and education workers can get vaccine doses between April 10 and April 18.