Ontario is expanding COVID-19 vaccine booking Monday for people 70 years of age and older to additional regions, including several GTA municipalities.
In a news release Sunday evening, the government said people will be able to book appointments for the vaccine online or through the call centre starting at 8 a.m.
Previously, the minimum age in most regions was 75.
The following regions are part of the expansion:
- York Region Public Health
- Peel Public Health
- City of Hamilton Public Health Services
- Simcoe-Muskoka District Health Unit
- Niagara Region Public Health
- Grey Bruce Health Unit
- Lambton Public Health
- Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit
- Timiskaming Health Unit
- Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington Public Health
- Ottawa Public Health
“As Ontario’s immunization program continues to expand, communities across the province are gaining greater levels of protection that will save lives,” said Solicitor General Sylvia Jones in the news release. “We will continue to extend this rollout to other regions as more vaccines become available, and we ask that everyone remains vigilant and continues to follow public health measures.”
Eligible people can book online or by calling 1-888-999-6488.
Toronto residents 70 years of age and older have been able to book vaccine appointments since March 27 and the city opened two more vaccination clinics on Monday.
Also in Toronto, more transportation options have been made available for seniors aged 75 and older who don’t have a way to get to their vaccine appointment.
York had already begun vaccinating people in that age group, but they had only been able to book their shots through the regional system.
Seniors in that region will be heading to Canada’s Wonderland this week as the theme park’s drive-thru vaccination clinic opens and welcomes vehicles by appointment only.
It’s set to be a big week for COVID-19 vaccine deliveries in Canada.
According to the country’s Public Health Agency, around 3.3 million shots will be shipped by the participating pharmaceutical companies over the coming days.
Pfizer and BioNTech are scheduled to send nearly 1.2 million doses this week with another 1.5 million coming from Oxford-AstraZeneca.
Moderna is expected to make good on its promised delivery of 600,000 shots this coming Thursday, about a week later than initially planned.