The province, which is in the second phase of its vaccination plan, hopes to reach vaccinations for the most vulnerable as early as next week.
Starting the week of May 3 and next week, 50% of the vaccine shipments will be shipped to 114 zip codes identified as high-risk areas for transmission of the virus across 13 public health locations.
In the last two weeks of May, the distribution of births will again be based on the population of the different medical regions.
From April 30th, people aged 55 and over will also be able to register on the provincial portal to schedule their vaccinations.
It is still possible to make an appointment for vaccinations at the pharmacy if the person is over 40 years old, as well as in certain areas that are considered to be at high risk of transmission for people 45 and older.
Ontario Vaccination Schedule
- Week of April 26: people aged 55 and over can register for vaccinations, people 45 and over living in hot spots can also register, people with health problems most at risk, children approved by childcare workers.
- Week 3 May: 50 and over can register for vaccinations, 18 and over red light districts can also register for people with health problems at risk, group 1 workers who cannot work from home.
- Week of May 10: Persons 40 and older can register for vaccinations, but Group 2 workers cannot work from home.
- Week 17 May: people 30 and older can register for the vaccination.
- Week of May 24: people 18 and over can register for the vaccination.
Note: This schedule will be dependent on supply and does not include J&J or AstraZeneca vaccines.
Starting May 3, people with high-risk health problems such as obesity, treatment leading to immunosuppression, or people with intellectual disabilities or developmental disabilities will be able to make an appointment for vaccinations.
Vaccination – a way out of a pandemic– said the Minister of Health of Ontario.
There is more and more light at the end of the tunnel.
Christine Elliott urges Ontarians to get vaccinated as soon as they become eligible and to make the first vaccine available to them. He warns the public that until most people get their two doses, public health preventive measures will need to continue.
However, the opposition to the NDP regrets the province’s failure to implement the recommendations of the Ontario Scientific Advisory Group on COVID-19.
Deputy chief Sara Singh points out that the experts called for 74 red-light districts, not 114 zones (or zip codes), to receive half of the vaccine doses available. Ms Singh also notes that this is a temporary measure.
This means communities like Peel and Scarborough will not get their fair share.
The CPD wants the strategy to target more populations in areas at high risk of contracting COVID and to ensure that key workers have access to the vaccine.
396,630 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine were shipped to Ontario this week, with an additional 786,240 doses expected on May 3. This will be followed by three deliveries of approximately 800,000 doses per week. Subsequently, by the end of May, shipments will have reached 940,000 doses per week.
About 236,100 doses of Moderna vaccine were delivered on April 26, and 388,100 doses are expected by May 10.
Distribution information for AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines has yet to be received.
Vaccination in pharmacies
Currently, 1,400 pharmacies across the province are administering AstraZeneca vaccines to people aged 40 and over.
From April 30, this pilot project will be extended to selected pharmacies located in hot spots. These pharmacies will offer Pfizer vaccine to people 55 and older (8 in Toronto and 8 in Peel) at 150 doses per week.
The province says it has administered more than 106,700 doses per day in the past week and hopes that 40% of Ontarians aged 18 and over will be vaccinated by May 1 by May 1.
To date, more than 5 million doses have been administered, depending on the province.