Halton and York regions to begin immunizing residents 65 years of age and older

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Halton and York regions to begin immunizing residents 65 years of age and older


TORONTO – The regions of Halton and York will begin accepting vaccination appointments from residents as early as age 65 tomorrow, becoming the first places in the GTHA to do so.
COVID-19 vaccinations were previously limited to residents aged 70 and over in both public health units, but Halton Region announced Tuesday morning that it would expand the eligibility window to include any resident born in 1956 or before. York Region then announced the same a few hours later, noting that they planned to open a block of 15,000 more appointments at the same time.

By further expanding eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine, Halton and York have become the first Greater Toronto Area public health unit to begin vaccinating people in their 60s who do not fall under priority groups.

That said, pharmacies in a number of hot spot communities, including Toronto, have been administering the AstraZeneca vaccine to people aged 60 to 69 for weeks.

The decision to expand eligibility in some communities comes just days after Toronto expanded access to vaccines to residents 70 and older in response to thousands of unreserved appointments at its clinics.

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