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Select Ontario pharmacies to begin 24/7 vaccinations for those 40-plus

Vaccine-eager people aged 60-64 wait in line at a Toronto Shoppers Drug Mart for their AstraZeneca vaccine. Mark Douglas

The Ford government has announced that select Shoppers Drug Mart locations will offer 24/7 COVID-19 vaccinations for residents aged 40 and over at 20 pharmacies primarily located in hotspots.

The province says that as early as Wednesday, roughly 16 Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacies in Toronto, Peel, and York Region will begin administering the AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD vaccine to those deemed eligible.

“When the province begins to receive more vaccine supply from the federal government, it will expand 24/7 COVID-19 vaccinations to additional hot spot areas,” the government says in its release.

Walk-in appointments will also be accepted and residents are being urged to contact their local pharmacies for more information.

Last week more than 700 pharmacies came on board across the province, bringing the total to over 1,400 locations.

“Working with our pharmacy partners, we are ensuring communities who are most at risk are able to access COVID-19 vaccines conveniently, close to home and around the clock,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health.

“Vaccines remain the best way to protect your health and the health of those around you, and I encourage everyone to sign up when it’s your turn.”


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