UPDATED: Ontario to open up vaccines to everyone over 18 by end of May


Up to 50 percent of new supply going to hotspots

By the end of may, anyone 18 and up will be able to register for vaccines.

That news from the provincial government today as the number of vaccines heading to Canada increases substantially.

Health officials say starting Friday, anyone 55 and over can begin making appointments at mass vaccination clinics, followed by 50 and up next week, 40 and up the week of May 10, 30 and up the week of May 17 and 18 and up the week of May 24.

Up to 800,000 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine are expected to arrive in Ontario per week at the start of May, ramping up to 940,000 doses per week by the end of May.

“Ontario’s vaccine rollout is continuing to focus on getting vaccines to those most at risk” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health.

During the weeks of May 3 and May 10, 50 per cent of vaccine allocations will be allocated to hot spots targeting mobile teams, pop-up clinics, mass immunization clinics, hospitals, primary care and pharmacies.

“The way out of the pandemic is vaccines, and the light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter,” says Elliott adding people will have to continue health measures like distancing and masking until people are fully vaccinated.