Here's Everything You Need To Know About Getting Vaccinated In Ontario Right Now

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Ontario's COVID-19 Vaccines: Here's Everything You Need To Know

Justin Trudeau has said he wants all Canadians to get a vaccine dose by September, but what does Ontario's COVID-19 vaccine situation look like?

Whether you're wondering when, where, or how you're going to get your COVID-19 vaccine doses, the province has answered plenty of questions about what the next few months will look like.

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When can I get vaccinated in Ontario?

The provincial government recently released a new Ontario vaccination schedule that clears up when people can get their first dose.

Seniors above the age of 80 are expected to be able to get their first dose by mid-March, with York Region already offering appointments.

Frontline workers — like teachers and food processing workers — will likely start receiving their first dose in April, along with adults aged 60-80 and people with chronic health conditions.

And finally, Ontario expects that the general public can get a vaccination appointment by August.

That includes any non-essential workers and most people under the age of 60, but the vaccines aren't approved for children — Health Canada says you must be 16 years or older to receive the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine and 18 years or older to receive the AstraZeneca or Moderna vaccine.

"Safety and effectiveness in people younger than [16/18] years of age [respectively] have not yet been established," Health Canada says.

Where will I go to get vaccinated?

There are currently three types of vaccination sites in Ontario — hospital clinics, on-site clinics (for places like long-term care homes) and mobile clinics.

As the province ramps up vaccinations in the spring, it's adding mass vaccination sites into the mix, too.

Canada's Wonderland is one potential site for a mass vaccination site, as are the Markham Fairgrounds and the Metro Convention Centre in Toronto.

But people will also be able to get vaccinated at their doctor's office or local pharmacy starting in April, Ontario says. 

Which vaccine brands are available in Ontario?

As of Sunday morning, Ontario has delivered 687,271 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and fully vaccinated 262,103 people.

All of those doses are either from the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine or the Moderna vaccine, both of which have been available for Canadians for the past two months now.

But on Friday, February 26, Health Canada approved the AstraZeneca vaccine after reviewing it for months.

The federal government announced it is expecting 500,000 doses of the vaccine to arrive in the next few days.

When it comes to which vaccine you'll receive, Global News reported in January that Ontarians do not have a choice between receiving the Moderna or Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines.

A spokesperson from Ontario's Ministry of Health told Narcity that the AstraZeneca vaccine will be distributed based on guidance from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization and the province.

Health Canada has a robust website with all the latest information on the vaccines and can answer any questions you may have. Click here for more information.

Cormac O'Brien
Staff Writer
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