Ontario to allocate half of COVID-19 vaccines to hotspots in early May

Apr 29 2021, 9:55 am

Ontario is following public health recommendations and allocating a higher proportion of COVID-19 vaccine doses to hotspot communities.

For the first two weeks of May, the province plans to allocate 50% of doses to hotspot neighbourhoods. The remaining half are to be allocated to health units based on population.

Pfizer and Moderna doses will be distributed to hotspots in two streams: by age through mass immunization clinics, and pop-up clinics.

Right now, people age 45 and up living in hotspots can book an appointment at a mass immunization clinic. The age cutoff will lower next week so that all hotspot residents age 18 and up can book an appointment.

Hotspot clinics will continue bringing doses into communities, including the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan pop-up open until May 2, the Brampton Islamic Centre pop-up open until May 11, and the Muslim Association of Canada Islamic Community Centre of Ontario pop-up open until May 11.

Peel Public Health is also working to open the province’s first employer-operated workplace clinics this week. Maple Leaf, Maple Lodge Farms, and Amazon will host clinics through early May for employees and the surrounding community.

Peel Public Health will release details on how to book soon, the province said.

By late May, once more hotspot residents have been vaccinated, the province hopes to allocate more doses by population across the province.

 

Megan DevlinMegan Devlin

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