Coronavirus: Ontario expands COVID-19 vaccine booking to people 45 and up in hot spots

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Starting April 27, people 45 and up in 114 hot spot communities can book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment online through the provincial booking system.

Licensed child-care workers across the province will also be eligible to book vaccines, beginning on April 29.

“This is a step forward in Phase 2 of our vaccine distribution plan to ensure we are protecting people and communities most at risk,” said Deputy Premier and Minister of Health Christine Elliott. “By using every available channel to deliver vaccines, we are working to vaccinate Ontarians as quickly as possible and stop the spread in our communities. I encourage everyone who is eligible to book their appointment as soon as they can.”

As of 8 a.m. Tuesday morning, anyone 45 years old and up living in a high-risk neighbourhood — identified by postal code — in one of 13 priority public health regions can book a vaccine appointment at a mass immunization clinic either through the province’s online booking portal or the booking call centre, or directly through their local health unit’s booking system.

Earlier this month, the province expanded bookings for appointments at mass vaccination sites to adults 50 and up, while adults between 40 and 50 years old could only receive a vaccine through a pop-up vaccine clinic or by booking an appointment at a pharmacy or primary care setting. This is still the case for people 40 to 44 years old in hot spot neighbourhoods who aren’t part of another priority group.

Beginning on April 29, all child-care workers in Ontario working at licensed child-care centres will be eligible to book an appointment through the provincial vaccine booking line number at 1-833-943-3900 or directly through their public health unit’s booking system. Eligible child-care workers will receive a letter from their employer, which they must have available at the point of booking and during the vaccination appointment.

The province said it plans to expand eligibility to child-care workers in unlicensed child-care settings across Ontario in the coming weeks.

For more information about Ontario’s vaccination plan, visit covid-19.ontario.ca/ontarios-covid-19-vaccination-plan.

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