Vaccine eligibility has once again expanded in Ontario. 

"People aged 55 years and older can book [today] starting at 7 a.m.," said Dr. Kit Young Hoon, Medical Officer of Health at the Northwestern Health Unit (NWHU), during a public Q & A Thursday afternoon.

Area residents can book their COVID-19 vaccination appointments through the provincial booking system or by calling 1-833-943-3900.

Child care workers in licensed child care settings are eligible to book their COVID-19 vaccine.

“Despite an unstable vaccine supply to date, Ontario has built a strong foundation for its vaccine rollout, with five million doses administered, and nearly 4.6 million adults having received at least one dose to date,” said Kenora-Rainy River MPP Greg Rickford.

The province of Ontario announced yesterday that they anticipated expanding eligibility to individuals aged 18 and older as early as the week of May 24, 2021.

“With a stable and reliable supply of vaccines on the way, our government will continue expanding access to the vaccine in communities across the province, with all Ontarians 18+ available by May 24,” added MPP Rickford.

Nearly 27,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered by the NWHU to date.

"This means that 39 per cent, aged 18 and older, have had at least one dose of vaccine," added Dr. Young Hoon.

She notes that this is higher than the provincial average which sits at 36 per cent of all Ontarians. 

Young Hoon adds the NWHU recently started administering the Pfizer vaccine, in addition to the Moderna vaccine.

"There are no significant differences between these two vaccines. They are similar in their rates of effectiveness and in their components as they more both mRNA vaccines," said Dr. Kit Young Hoon.

The health unit recommends that you accept whichever vaccine is offered to you when you attend a vaccination clinic and notes that you can't pick which vaccine you get at a clinic.

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.