Ontario to expand eligibility this week to people 40 years of age and over and those with ‘at risk’ health conditions – fr

Ontario to expand eligibility this week to people 40 years of age and over and those with ‘at risk’ health conditions – fr

Ontario is set to expand COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to people aged 40 and over, as well as people with a range of at-risk health conditions this week, as it receives its largest vaccine shipments to date.

From 8 am Tuesday, people suffering from health problems “at risk” can make an appointment to be vaccinated. The risk group includes a wide range of conditions, such as dementia, diabetes, heart disease and sickle cell anemia, as well as all respiratory diseases such as asthma or bronchitis, and all types of cancer.

[Click here to see the full list of at-risk conditions]

So far, the province has offered vaccine appointments to those with health problems in the “high risk” and “highest risk” categories.

By Tuesday morning, an expanded list of people who cannot work from home will also become eligible, including grocery store, restaurant and transportation workers and others included in Group 2 of Ontario’s vaccination plan.

Starting Thursday at 8 a.m., anyone who turns 40 and over in 2021 in the province will also be eligible to book through the provincial reservation system. The change includes all residents of Toronto.

On Monday morning, York Region began offering vaccination appointments to all residents 40 years of age and older. The region said it had opened about 78,000 appointments and as of 5 p.m., about 25,000 appointments had been made at public health clinics.

The province also said Monday it would begin offering high-risk healthcare workers, dialysis patients and all First Nations, Inuit and Métis people a second dose of the vaccine this week due to the increase. of the offer.

The expansion of eligibility across Ontario comes as the province begins receiving its largest vaccine shipments to date.

Ontario is expected to receive 787,410 doses of Pfizer vaccine this week, along with 388,100 doses of Moderna vaccine, according to the federal government.

The province is expected to receive the same amount of doses of Pfizer next week, as well as 401,200 doses of Moderna.

While there is no delivery schedule for Moderna next week, Pfizer’s shipments to Ontario are expected to increase to about 930,000 doses per week starting in June.

While the federal government has promised that millions of doses of AstraZeneca will also arrive in the country by the end of June, there is currently no delivery schedule for the vaccine. The Ontario health minister suggested on Monday that the province could start offering a second dose of a different vaccine to those who received a first dose of AstraZeneca due to an uncertain supply.

Last week, the province opened appointments for all ages 18 and over who live in one of the province’s 114 COVID-19 hotspots.

Over the weekend, the province also began offering doses of Pfizer and Moderna to anyone 18 years of age and over at drugstores in the Greater Toronto Area.

There are now nearly 80 pharmacies offering Pfizer in Toronto and Peel and up to 60 pharmacies offering Moderna in Durham, Hamilton, Ottawa, Windsor-Essex and York Region. The province said Monday that more pharmacies will begin offering the injections until May.


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