The Ontario government announced the expanded eligibility on its website on May 7. A total of 78 pharmacies in hot spots will administer doses of the mRNA vaccine.
Previously, only people aged 55 and over could get an injection of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a few hot spot pharmacies as part of a provincial pilot program.
Justin Bates, CEO of the Ontario Pharmacy Association, said on social networks that he was “satisfied” with the expansion of the immunization program.
@OntPharmacists is delighted that after having collaborated with the @fordnation & @celliottability govt, the #pharmacy The Moderna vaccine and the expanded Pfìzer program are launched today. Eligibility for these hotspots is 18 years and over. Provide access to essential workers and other populations.#pharmacists
– Justin Bates (@justjbates) May 7, 2021
Earlier this week, the province revealed that 60 pharmacies in Durham, Hamilton, Ottawa, Windsor and York Region would offer the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to people aged 18 and older.
To date, Ontario has recorded 489,087 cases of COVID-19 and 8,261 virus-related deaths.