Ontario Expands COVID-19 Vaccination Booking for More People

Published on May 03, 2021

Despite an unstable vaccine supply to date, the province has built a strong foundation for its vaccine rollout, with over five million doses administered. Now with a stable and reliable supply of vaccines, this government is increasing access to the COVID-19 vaccine in the hardest hit communities and priority populations.


Continuing to focus on getting vaccines in the arms of those most at risk will help to stop the spread of COVID-19 in these communities, protect our hospital capacity and save lives. Every vaccine administered is a step toward reducing COVID-19 transmission, so please sign up to book your vaccine as soon as you are eligible.



Beginning Thursday, May 6, 2021, at 8:00 a.m., the following groups throughout the province will be eligible to book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment through the provincial online booking system and call centre, or directly through public health units that use their own booking system, such as York Public Health:


  • People who cannot work from home who fall under Group One, including:
    • Remaining elementary and secondary school workers (including educators, custodial, school bus drivers, administrative staff)
    • Workers responding to critical events (including police, fire, special constables, children’s aid society workers, emergency management, critical infrastructure restoration workers)
    • Enforcement, inspection and compliance roles (including by-law enforcement, building inspectors, food inspectors, animal welfare inspectors, border inspection officers, labour inspectors, WSIB field workers)
    • Remaining individuals working in licensed childcare settings (including all licensees, employees and students on educational placements who interact directly with children in licensed childcare centres and in authorized recreation and skill building programs, licensed home child care and in-home service providers, employees of home child care agencies)
    • Foster care agenda workers (including customary care providers)
    • Food manufacturing and distribution workers
    • Agriculture and farm workers
    • Funeral, crematorium and cemetery workers


  • Individuals turning 50 and over in 2021 will be eligible to book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment at a mass immunization clinic


  • First Nations, Inuit and Métis individuals in Newmarket-Aurora (in addition to the other channels previously available to book their appointment)


“Hot Spot” Communities elsewhere in Ontario:

As of Monday, May 3, 2021 at 8:00 a.m., individuals who are 18 or older in 2021 and live in one of the 114 hot spot communities will be eligible to book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment at a mass immunization clinic through the provincial online booking system or directly through public health units that use their own booking system.


This expansion of eligibility will support this government’s strategy of allocating 50% of vaccine allocations to hot spots the weeks of May 3 and May 10.


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Book a Vaccine Appointment Today! Newmarket-Aurora residents 40 years of age and older or in select priority groups can schedule an appointment here with York Region: York Public Health COVID-19 Vaccination Site


Vaccines remain our best defense against COVID-19 and variants. With more supply expected to arrive, I continue to encourage everyone to get vaccinated once it’s their turn, but until Ontario receives enough vaccines so the majority of Ontarians can be vaccinated, it remains critical for everyone to continue following public health measures.