The next phase of Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccination plan will see shots administered based on risk factors including age, neighbourhood, existing health conditions and inability to work from home.
Officials presented the updated vaccination timeline today, noting that it does not factor in the newly approved Johnson & Johnson shot and additional doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine.
Shots will go to seniors 75 and older starting in April with a goal of offering first shots to everyone 60 and older by the end of May.
Doses will also be offered starting in April to people with specific health conditions and some caregivers, including those in congregate settings.
Thirteen public health units, including Toronto, Windsor, York and Peel, will receive additional doses doses for hot spot neighbourhoods between April and June.
Essential workers who can’t work from home will be offered doses at the end of Phase 2, while adults 59 and younger are expected to receive the shot in July, though the timeline is subject to change.
Phase Two of COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan
Between April 2021 and July 2021, up to nine million Ontarians will be vaccinated.
During Phase Two, groups that will receive the vaccine include:
- Older adults between 60-79 years of age;
- Individuals with specific health conditions and some primary caregivers;
- People who live and work in congregate settings and some primary caregivers;
- People who live in hot spots with high rates of death, hospitalizations and transmission; and,
- Certain workers who cannot work from home.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 5, 2021.
The Canadian Press