All Ontarians 18 and older will be eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine by the week of May 24, according to plans released today by the provincial Ministry of Health. The government is also shifting its distribution of vaccines to give a higher priority to so-called hot spots, communities and postal codes that have experienced or are currently seeing higher rates of infection.
For two weeks in May, half of the provincial vaccine distribution will be allocated to hot spots, while the remaining half will be distributed on a conventional per capita basis. Most of the COVID-19 hot spots are in the GTA and other large cities around the province.
The government is also going to begin distributing the Pfizer vaccine through pharmacies in a pilot program — until now, Ontario pharmacies have been exclusively distributing the AstraZeneca vaccine, which can be more easily stored and transported. Ontarians looking to access these vaccines will continue to use the pharmacy’s own booking system, not the provincial online system.
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