Ontario is opening up vaccine eligibility for residents age 55 and up across the province starting on Friday, and plans to invite everyone 18 and up to get vaccinated by the end of May.
Starting April 30, anyone turning 55 in 2021 can book an appointment through the province’s booking system which includes Toronto’s City-run mass immunization clinics.
Health officials explained the change at a technical briefing on vaccine strategy Thursday morning, where some groups will have accelerated access to a vaccine.
Next week the province is also opening up eligibility to individuals on chemotherapy, people with developmental disabilities, and individuals with a body mass index over 40.
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All adults should become eligible for a vaccine by the end of May as more doses arrive in Pfizer shipments as the month goes on.
Next month Ontario is expecting more than 780,000 Pfizer doses per week, and more than 930,000 per week in June. Another 388,000 Moderna doses are also expected.
There’s no word on when additional doses of AstraZeneca will arrive, and the federal government hasn’t yet revealed how the countries 300,000 Johnson & Johnson doses will be distributed provincially.
People 50 and up should be eligible the week of May 3, people 40 and up the week of May 10, people 30 and up the week of May 17, and people 18 and up the week of May 24.
The province is on track to administer first doses to 40% of Ontario adults by May 1 with an average of 107,000 doses administered per day.