Beginning Thursday, May 6, 2021 Ontario residents aged 50 and over can book their vaccine through the provincial online booking system.
This announcement comes along with the Province's decision to open vaccine eligibility to those 18 and older in the 114 hot spot communities in Ontario. As the Northwestern Health Unit is not considered a hot spot those eligible to book are:
- Individuals turning 50 and over in 2021;
- Individuals with high-risk health conditions;
- People who cannot work from home who fall under Group One (including remaining elementary and secondary school workers); and
- First Nations, Inuit and Métis individuals in addition to the other channels previously available to book their appointment.
According to the Province, vaccinations will be available to younger age groups very soon in non-hot spots. A timeline available from the NWHU anticipates those 40 and over, those with at-risk health conditions and more essential workers (Group 2) will be able to book their vaccinations by the week of May 10. The following week of May 17, those 30 and older are anticipated to book with those 18 and older to become eligible the week of May 24.
As of Sunday, May 2, the number of individuals who have received at least one dose of the vaccine in the NWHU catchment area is 26,091, with the per cent of population age group 18+ who have received at least 1 dose being at 48%.
Approximately 800,000 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine are expected to arrive in Ontario per week at the start of May, ramping up to 940,000 doses per week by the end of May.