Ontario booked more than half a million new vaccination appointments on Monday when it opened up eligibility to people 18 years old and older in hot-spot postal codes — the largest single-day number since the province’s online portal was opened to people 60-plus. The large volume of vaccines expected to arrive over the next three weeks means that the province will be able to administer the first dose of a vaccine to nearly two-thirds of the eligible adult population by the end of May.
Provincial pharmacies have started administering the Pfizer vaccine in Peel and Toronto, and a larger number will start administering the Moderna vaccine as well later this week in Durham, Hamilton, Ottawa, Windsor-Essex, and York. A detailed list of pharmacy locations that will be offering the Moderna vaccine will be posted later this week.
As previously announced, by the end of the week of May 10, people in both of the provincially defined “cannot work from home” groups will be eligible for vaccination, and by the week of May 24, everyone 18 and over will be eligible for vaccination provincewide.
Our journalism depends on you.
You can count on TVO to cover the stories others don’t—to fill the gaps in the ever-changing media landscape. But we can’t do this without you.
The province is also launching mobile pop-up vaccination units that will be able to serve smaller workplaces that aren't large enough to host their own in-house clinics. The first mobile units will start operating on Friday in York, Toronto, and Peel regions.
Ontario has not yet announced when people 12 and up will be eligible for the Pfizer vaccine; Health Canada issued the approval for that age group earlier on Wednesday.
Read the full presentation below.