Ontario to expand vaccine eligibility to all adults in hot spots from May 3

With vaccine supplies to Canada expected to increase significantly from May, Ontario is hoping to start inoculating all adults in hot spots starting next week.

Approximately 800,000 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine are expected to arrive in Ontario per week at the start of May, ramping up to 940,000 doses per week by the end of May, the province said in a statement.

Based on the increased vaccine allocations, the province will increase the supply of COVID-19 vaccines to hot spot communities by over one million doses through a targeted, time-limited response designed to reduce COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths in these areas.

“Ontario’s vaccine rollout is continuing to focus on getting vaccines to those most at risk” said Health Minister Christine Elliott. “We 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 remains the first one you’re offered, and I strongly encourage everyone to sign up as soon as it’s their turn,” she added.

The province updated its vaccine roll out schedule yesterday based on the expected increase in deliveries. According to the anticipated schedule, individuals aged 18 and older will be eligible to make appointments through the provincial booking system as early as the week of May 24, 2021.

The provincial age band will be lowered significantly each week in May for adult Ontarians in non hot spot areas as well. Based on the projected vaccine deliveries, the province expects to open up bookings for the 50+ age group on May 3, those 40 and older the week of May 10, and the 30+ age group the week of May 17. All adults should be able to book an appointment after Victoria Day if all goes as planned.

Meanwhile Ontario is asking the federal government to institute 3-day hotel quarantine for those coming to Canada via the land borders as well. Many are using this loophole to fly into the US and then enter Canada via the land borders in Ontario.

Last week Mississauga MPPs wrote to their federal counterparts requesting a further tightening of international borders and to close the land border loophole.



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