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Child care workers at licensed settings eligible for COVID-19 vaccine starting Thursday

Last Updated Apr 29, 2021 at 6:22 am EDT

Children's backpacks and shoes are seen at a daycare on May 29, 2018.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Eligible workers will receive a letter from their employer

Appointments can be made through the province's vaccine booking phone line starting at 8 a.m. Thursday

Child care workers in licensed settings are now eligible to book a COVID-19 vaccine.

As of 8 a.m. Thursday appointments can be made through the province’s vaccine booking phone line, or directly through public health units that use their own booking system.

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

“That’s why child care workers province-wide 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.”

Eligible workers will receive a letter from their employer, which must be taken to their vaccination appointment.

In the coming weeks, the province says it will expand eligibility to child care workers in unlicensed settings.