In response to an expected increase in vaccine supply from the federal government, our government is preparing to ramp up our rollout of COVID-19 vaccines to deliver more doses to Ontarians, including further supporting our at-risk communities. This includes a targeted, time-limited commitment to allocate 50 per cent of upcoming vaccine shipments to hot spot communities as identified by postal code, to help decrease COVID-19 transmission and hospitalizations.
Due to a predictable and increased vaccine supply from the federal government, we will be able to further expand delivery channels in the coming weeks to vaccinate more Ontarians faster. To support this, the government has developed an anticipated schedule to expand eligibility to receive the COVID-19 vaccine throughout May, with individuals aged 18 and older eligible to book through the provincial booking system as early as the week of May 24, 2021.
Effective April 30, at 8:00 a.m., individuals aged 55 and over across the province are eligible to book a appointment through the provincial booking system. This same day, a pilot will launch through select pharmacy locations in hot spot communities to administer the Pfizer vaccine to individuals aged 55 and over. This is expected to expand to additional public health units later in May following evaluation of the program and as supply allows.
· Despite an unstable vaccine supply to date, the province has built a strong foundation for its vaccine rollout, with five million doses administered, and nearly 4.6 million adults having received at least one dose.
· With a stable and reliable supply of vaccines on the way, our government will continue expanding access to the vaccine in communities across the province, especially those areas that continue to be hit hardest by COVID-19.
· The best vaccine for you is the first you’re offered. We encourage everyone to book their vaccine as soon as it’s their turn.
Targeting Hot Spot Communities
· Based on the increased vaccine allocations Ontario is expecting in May, the province will increase the supply of COVID-19 vaccines to hot spot communities by over one million doses.
· This includes a commitment to allocate 50 per cent of upcoming vaccine shipments to hot spot communities as identified by postal code during the first two weeks of may.
· This targeted, time-limited response is designed to reduce COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and death in those communities most at risk.
· This approach will not take away vaccines from other public health unit regions, whose allocations will remain the same as previously planned and will increase later in May.