Province Moves To Open Vaccines Appointments For 60+ On Thursday
The province announced it is moving into Phase Two of its COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan, with a focus on reaching individuals in "hot spot" communities where COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted certain neighbourhoods. In addition, this phase will prioritize individuals with the highest-risk health conditions. With a steady supply of the COVID-19 vaccine expected from the federal government, over nine million Ontarians will be offered their first vaccination between April and end of June 2021.
Details were provided today by Premier Doug Ford, Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Solicitor General Sylvia Jones.
Phase Two is focused on age and at-risk populations to prevent further death, hospitalization and transmission. The province is increasing vaccine allocations to COVID-19 "hot spot" communities across 13 public health units, targeting historic and ongoing areas with high rates of death, hospitalization and transmission.
Starting today, people individuals with certain high risk health conditions will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccination including:
- Organ transplant recipients;
- Hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients;
- People with neurological diseases in which respiratory function may be compromised (e.g., motor neuron disease, myasthenia gravis, multiple sclerosis);
- Haematological malignancy diagnosed less than one year ago;
- Sickle cell disease;
- Kidney disease
- Essential caregivers for individuals in the groups listed above.
Many public health units will begin offering appointments to individuals aged 60 and over beginning on April 7, 2021 at 8:00 a.m.