Ontario Moves to Phase Two of COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution PlanPublished on April 07, 2021
Thanks again to the tireless efforts of our frontline health care workers, we are getting needles in arms as quickly as possible and have now administered over 2.6 million vaccine doses. 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. With a steady supply of vaccines from the federal government, over nine million Ontarians will be offered their first vaccination by the end of June 2021 as part of Phase Two.
In order to reduce the impact of COVID-19 as quickly as possible, our government, in collaboration with public health units, is increasing vaccine allocations through all delivery channels, including mobile teams, to COVID-19 “hot spot” communities across 13 public health units with historic and ongoing areas with high rates of death, hospitalization and transmission.
As early as April 6, 2021, individuals with the highest-risk health conditions will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccination in Ontario. Patients in the highest-risk clinical groups will be contacted by their health care providers to set up an appointment for a vaccination. These include:
- Organ transplant recipients;
- Hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients;
- People with neurological diseases in which respiratory function may be compromised (e.g., motor neuron disease, myasthenia gravis, multiple sclerosis);
- Haematological malignancy diagnosed less than one year ago;
- Sickle cell disease;
- Kidney disease eGFR< 30; and
- Essential caregivers for individuals in the groups listed above.
On March 15, Ontario launched its provincial booking system and call centre to support COVID-19 vaccination appointment bookings at mass immunization clinics, including age groups identified in Phase Two. Public health units using the provincial booking system will begin offering appointments to individuals aged 60 and over beginning on April 7, 2021 at 8:00 a.m.
Other groups that will become eligible to receive vaccines as part of Phase Two of the Ontario immunization program include:
- Individuals with specific health conditions which make them at high-risk or at-risk, as well as some primary caregivers;
- People who live and work in congregate settings and some primary caregivers; and,
- Certain workers who cannot work from home (e.g., elementary / secondary school staff, food manufacturing workers, high-risk and critical retail workers, and more).
Vaccines remain our best defense against COVID-19 and variants. With more supply expected to arrive, we encourage everyone to sign up when it’s their turn.
Read Ontario’s Vaccine Rollout Plan: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/ontarios-covid-19-vaccination-plan
Populations Eligible for Phase Two COVID-19 Vaccinations: https://news.ontario.ca/en/backgrounder/60570/populations-eligible-for-phase-two-covid-19-vaccination