Anyone 18 and older living in Ontario hot spots can book a COVID-19 vaccine beginning Monday

Province will also expand vaccine eligibility to more people on Thursday

The Ontario government will expand its booking for vaccines due to what it is calling a “stable and reliable increase in vaccine supplies.”

The expanded bookings begin at 8 a.m. Monday through the province’s online portal for those 18 and over living in one of the 114 hot spot communities identified by the province.

Bradford is the only community listed in Simcoe Muskoka.

The government will also expand vaccine eligibility to more people beginning on Thursday, May 6.

  • Individuals turning 50 and over in 2021;
  • Individuals with high-risk health conditions;
  • People who cannot work from home who fall under Group One (including remaining elementary and secondary school workers); and
  • First Nations, Inuit and M├ętis individuals in addition to the other channels previously available to book their appointment.

These groups will be able to book a jab through the provincial online booking system and call centre or directly through public health units that use their own booking system.

As well, priority populations who have been only able to book via the provincial call centre will now also be able to book online, including individuals with the highest risk health conditions, child care workers in licenced child care settings and education workers who provide direct support to students with special education needs.