Ontario's new COVID Vaccination Plan Schedule
Tuesday, March 23, 2021
at 4:09:06 PM
The first phase, which began in December and extends to the end of this month, focuses on seniors living in congregate settings like long-term care (LTC) homes, adults who receive chronic home care, health-care workers, adults over the age of 80, and adults in First Nations, Metis, and Inuit populations.
The vaccines are being distributed to these high priority groups through hospital clinics, mobile teams and, by late March, mass vaccination clinics, the new plan says.
Between April and July, Ontario public health officials are targeting adults aged 60 to 79 in five-year increments, congregate settings like shelters, people with high-risk chronic illnesses and their caregivers, people who cannot work from home, and other at-risk populations.
Ontarians over 75 years of age will be eligible for the vaccine starting at the beginning of April, and those over 70 could see their shots starting later in the month. (March)
Vaccination effort would shift to the over 65 group in late April, and the over 60 population by around min-May, the plan shows.
High-risk chronic conditions that would qualify an individual for vaccination in phase 2 include obesity, organ transplants, kidney disease, dementia, diabetes, liver diseases and cancers.
Pregnancy is also considered an at-risk condition that would put someone in the phase 2 category.
People who cannot work from home and are part of phase 2 include teachers, first responders like police and firefighters, agricultural and farm workers, child-care workers, food manufacturing workers, social workers, and waste management staff.
Adults in the general population aged 59 and younger are in phase 3, which is scheduled to start in July.
Mass vaccination clinics, pharmacies, primary care providers, site-specific clinics, mobile teams, and public health units will provide the shots in phases 2 and 3.
The timing is not carved in stone.
“The timeline for Ontario’s three-phase vaccination distribution plan is dependent on vaccine supply and availability from the federal government,” a public health document says.
The plan, released by the province Friday, was written before the confirmed approval of a fourth vaccine, the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, and news that more Pfizer does are arriving than expected.
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