The Ontario government announced on Sunday it will allow all adults over the age of 18 who live in hotspot communities to book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment through the province’s online booking system starting May 3.
Who can book?
As of today, adults that reside in one of the 114 hotspot neighbourhoods can book an appointment online. Appointments can also be made through public health units that use their own booking system.
In order to book an appointment, you must meet the current eligibility criteria as outlined in phase one and phase two of the province’s three-phase plan.
Here are the postal codes eligible to book in Toronto as a hotspot:
M1B, M1C, M1E, M1G, M1H, M1J, M1K, M1L, M1M, M1P, M1R, M1S, M1T, M1V, M1W, M1X, M2J, M2M, M2R, M3A, M3C, M3H, M3J, M3K, M3L, M3M, M3N, M4A, M4H, M4X, M5A, M5B, M5N, M5V, M6A, M6B, M6E, M6H, M6K, M6L, M6M, M6N, M8V, M9A, M9B, M9C, M9L, M9M, M9N, M9P, M9R, M9V, M9W
How to book?
Residents looking to book online must have a green photo health card (OHIP)and an email address. If you have it, you can book through the province’s online booking system.
People without a green photo health card will need to call 1‑833‑943‑3900 to book an appointment. Those who do not have an OHIP card should call their local health unit. In Toronto, the number is 416-338-7600.
Additionally, pop-up COVID-19 vaccine clinics continue to operate in hotspot areas and offer walk-in appointments.
“With additional supply our government is increasing access to the COVID-19 vaccines in the communities hardest hit by COVID-19,” said Christine Elliott, the Minister of Health, said in a press release on Sunday.
“Continuing to focus on getting vaccines in the arms of those most at risk will help to stop the spread of COVID-19 in these communities, protect our hospital capacity and save lives.”
This expansion is part of the province’s plan to allocate 50 percent of vaccine doses to hotspots throughout the first two weeks of May.
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Vaccine eligibility will be further expanded on May 6, the province said.
As of 8 am on Thursday, those aged 50 and older and individuals with high-risk health conditions can book an immunization appointment through the provincial system.
Certain people who cannot work from home, including elementary and secondary school workers, and First Nations, Inuit and Métis individuals will be eligible as well.
“With access to more vaccine supply, we are able to expand eligibility and increase the speed and scale of vaccine delivery in communities where it is needed most and will have the greatest impact,” said Solicitor General Sylvia Jones.
“I urge everyone who is eligible to book their appointment, to do so as soon as possible. Every vaccine administered is a step toward reducing COVID-19 transmission and will help save lives.”
To date, Ontario has seen 470,465 COVID-19 cases and 8,102 virus-related deaths.