Hot spot communities in Durham, Halton, Hamilton, Niagara, Ottawa, Peel, Simcoe-Muskoka, Southwestern, Toronto, Waterloo, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph, Windsor-Essex, and York Region are being prioritized for vaccination in an attempt to help Ontario bring the pandemic under control.
“As soon as vaccines arrive our focus is turning to the communities hit hardest by COVID-19 and those with the highest-risk health conditions, Premier Doug Ford said at a press conference on Tuesday.
As per the latest announcement, Phase Two of the provincial government’s vaccine roll out will target individuals aged 50 and over in areas with high rates of death, hospitalization and transmission, alongside other priority groups and vulnerable populations. Eligibility will be determined by postal code. See the list below.
Delivering vaccines to people who live in these areas is critical to reducing the impact of COVID-19 as quickly as possible, the province said. The Ministry of Health is working with public health units to ensure timely access to vaccines among the identified communities through all available vaccine delivery channels, including pharmacies, mass vaccination clinics, and mobile teams.
Dr. Lawrence Loh Peel’s top doctor announced Wednesday that Peel Region residents aged 50 and over can start booking their COVID-19 vaccine appointments from Friday. Vaccine appointments can be scheduled online at https://www.peelregion.ca/coronavirus/vaccine/book-appointment/ or by calling 905-791-5202.
Starting Wednesday, York Region residents born from 1962 to 1976 who live in the eligible five specific postal codes will be able to book their shot at two participating immunization clinics. Appointments can be booked on York region’s website or by calling Access York at 1-877-464-9675.