Ontario opens COVID-19 vaccine bookings to hot-spot residents 18 and older

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Ontario is making good on its promise to expand COVID-19 vaccine eligibility, opening its provincial booking portal today to hot-spot residents aged 18 and older.

Adults living in the 114 specific postal codes designated as hot spots can start booking their shots at 8 a.m.

This week and next, the province will send half of its vaccine supply to the hot spots, based on recommendations from the government’s scientific advisers.

Adults in some hot-spot neighbourhoods had already been able to make vaccine appointments, but not through the province’s online booking portal.

Eligibility expands further across Ontario on Thursday, when online bookings open up to residents aged 50 and over.

People with high-risk health conditions and some groups of people who can’t work from home will also become eligible.

Ontario has said it expects everyone aged 18 and over to be able to book a vaccine by the end of May.