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Ontario expands vaccine eligibility to 45+ in hot spots; child care workers eligible Thursday

Last Updated Apr 27, 2021 at 8:49 am EDT

Ontario COVID-19 vaccine online booking portal. CITYNEWS

Ontario is expanding eligibility for COVID-19 vaccinations to residents 45 and older in designated hot spot neighbourhoods, as well as child care workers in licensed child care settings across the province.

Residents aged 45 and up in designated postal codes are eligible to book as of 8 a.m. Tuesday. The 114 hot spots span across 13 public health units.

“This is a step forward in Phase Two of our vaccine distribution plan to ensure we are protecting people and communities most at risk,” Health Minister Christine Elliott said in a release.

“I encourage everyone who is eligible to book their appointment as soon as they can.”

Individuals can book through the online provincial portal or call centre. Appointments can also be made through public health units that use their own booking system.

Hot spot postal codes

Ontario hot spots COVID-19 vaccine
Ontario’s hot spot postal codes for the COVID-19 vaccine

 

Child care workers

Child care workers will be eligible to book as of Thursday.

The province says that eligible workers in licensed child care settings will receive a letter from their employer which must be available at the point of booking and presented at the appointment.

“Ontario’s child care workers are making a difference and supporting working parents at this critical time,” Education Minister Stephen Lecce said.

“That’s why child care workers provincewide will be eligible to book a vaccine appointment. Our child care centres are safe and the expansion of vaccines will further protect children and staff.”

In the coming weeks, eligibility will be expanded to child care workers in unlicensed child care settings.