Ontario: Over 18 will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccine by end of May

Excerpt from CTV News Katherine DeClerq - Multi-Platform Writer, CTV News Toronto

TORONTO — The Ontario government will be allowing anyone aged 55 and over to get a COVID-19 vaccine through the provincial portal starting Friday and hopes to start booking vaccine appointments for all adults over the age of 18 by the end of May.

As of 8 a.m. on April 30, individuals aged 55 and up will be able to book a vaccination appointment at a mass immunization clinic.

The province says they expect to see an increase in vaccine supply, which will allow them to ramp up the rollout and reduce the age threshold at mass immunization clinics on a weekly basis. Officials anticipate moving the age threshold to 50 during the week of May 3, followed by an age threshold of 40 on the week of May 10.

By the week of May 24, officials say they hope to be able to open up provincial vaccine appointments to anyone over the age of 18.

The province also hopes to start vaccinating essential workers in the first category of people “who cannot work from home” sometime next week. This includes elementary and secondary school workers, workers who respond to critical events, people in enforcement, inspection and compliance roles such as law enforcement, workers in childcare, foster care agency workers, agriculture and farm workers, and funeral, crematorium and cemetery workers.

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