Ontario Expands Vaccination Eligibility to include 50+ Age Group

Due to a stable and reliable increase in vaccine supply, this week, the government will further expand booking eligibility for COVID-19 vaccination appointments across the province.

This expansion of eligibility will support the government’s strategy of allocating 50% of vaccine allocations to hot spots the weeks of May 3 and May 10.

Throughout Ontario:

Beginning Thursday, May 6, 2021, at 8:00 a.m., the following groups throughout the province will be eligible to book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment through the provincial online booking system and call centre, or directly through public health units that use their own booking system:

    • Obesity (BMI > 40)
    • Other treatments causing immunosuppression (e.g., chemotherapy, immunity weakening medications)
    • Intellectual or developmental disabilities (e.g., Down Syndrome)
  • People who cannot work from home who fall under Group One, including:
    • Remaining elementary and secondary school workers (including educators, custodial, school bus drivers, administrative staff)
    • Workers responding to critical events (including police, fire, special constables, children’s aid society workers, emergency management, critical infrastructure restoration workers)
    • Enforcement, inspection and compliance roles (including by-law enforcement, building inspectors, food inspectors, animal welfare inspectors, border inspection officers, labour inspectors, WSIB field workers)
    • Remaining individuals working in licensed childcare settings (including all licensees, employees and students on educational placements who interact directly with children in licensed childcare centres and in authorized recreation and skill building programs, licensed home child care and in-home service providers, employees of home child care agencies)
    • Foster care agenda workers (including customary care providers)
    • Food manufacturing and distribution workers
    • Agriculture and farm workers
    • Funeral, crematorium and cemetery workers
  • First Nations, Inuit and Métis individuals in addition to the other channels previously available to book their appointment

News Release:

English: https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/1000052/ontario-expands-covid-19-vaccination-booking-for-more-people

French: https://news.ontario.ca/fr/release/1000052/lontario-etend-la-prise-de-rendez-vous-pour-la-vaccination-contre-la-covid-19-a-un-plus-grand-nombre-de-personnes

Resources:

Provincial COVID-19 Vaccine Booking System:

Anticipated Phase Two Schedule for COVID-19 Vaccine Booking Eligibility:

Ontario Prepares to Accelerate Rollout as Vaccine Supply Increases:

List of 114 “Hot Spot” Communities: