In areas in Toronto and the Peel region most severely affected by the third wave of the pandemic, anyone 18 years of age and older is currently eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.
Here are the key factors that will determine if you are eligible to get the vaccine.
How old are you? If you’re over 55, you can book a vaccine through a local pharmacy. If you’re 60-plus you can use a mass vaccination site.
Where do you live? In some “hot spot” areas of Toronto and Peel where there have been a large number of COVID-19 cases, those age 18 and up are able to get a vaccine. This program is set to expand to more cities in the near future.
Here’s a list of those hot spots via Dr. Isaac Bogoch, a member of the province’s vaccine task force.
If you’re in the 18-50 range, you won’t book through the province’s system. Instead, you’ll need to look for a pop-up site or mobile clinic operating in your neighbourhood, where you work or maybe even a religious site in your community.
What kind of work do you do? Most essential workers won’t be vaccinated until mid-May, the province says, however some jobs, like those in the health care sector, will allow you to get a vaccine sooner.
Do you have an underlying health condition? Right now, the province is offering first shots to those with specific conditions. If that’s you, you can pre-register for a shot.
Are you Indigenous? All Indigenous adults qualify to get a vaccine.
If you’re under 55 and not at high risk of contracting COVID-19 — let’s say you’re in your 20s, 30s or 40s, healthy, and able to work from home — you’ll need to keep waiting.
The province’s centralized vaccination appointment system is:
There is also a phone line: 1-888-999-6488.
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