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Ontario adds veterinarians, bylaw officers and more to Phase 2 vaccine eligibility list

Last Updated Mar 23, 2021 at 8:38 pm EDT

A health-care worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a UHN COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Toronto on Jan. 7, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

The province has released more details on who will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in Phase 2 of the rollout.

As previously detailed, in Phase 2 vaccines will be made available based on age and risk factors. It will include adults aged 60 to 79 years old as well as groups that have been identified to be more at risk due to living in hotspots, congregate living settings and those who cannot work from home. Those with high risk health conditions are also included and divided into highest-risk, high-risk and at-risk.

Projected timing of Phase 2 sequence. Credit: Province of Ontario
Projected timing of Phase 2 sequence. Credit: Province of Ontario


On Tuesday, the province added the more high-risk professions to the eligibility list.

First group of essential workers/those who can’t work from home:

  • Enforcement inspection and compliance roles – including bylaw enforcement, building, food and animal welface inspectors, border inspection officers, labour inspectors/ WSIB field workers.
  • The following people working in childcare:
    – All licensees, employees and students on an educational placement who interact directly with children in licensed childcare centres and in authorized recreation and skill building programs
    – Licensed home child care and in-home providers, employees of a home childcare agency and students on an educational placement
  • Funeral, crematorium and cemetery workers


Second group of essential workers/those who can’t work from home:

  • Essential and critical retail workers – including foodbank ands non-clinical pharmacy workers, ServiceOntario workers, ServiceCanada and Passport Canada workers, restaurant and LCBO workers, wholsesalers and general goods.
  • Those working in construction including infrastructure and other essential businesses and services where facilities are at higher risk of COVID-19 outbreak and spread
  • Communications infrastructure workers – including cellular, satellite, landline, internet and public safety radio
  • Water and wastewater managment
  • Veterinarians and veterinary teams
  • Uranium processing workers


The province also updated its guidelines regarding vaccinating those in hotspot communities, adding an age stipulation of 50 and older — starting with the oldest residents and decreasing in age until reaching those aged 50.

Read the province’s full list of those eligible for vaccinations in Phase 2 below: