Phase 2 of Ontario’s vaccine plan to target seniors, people with chronic health conditions Michael Talbot

Phase 2 of Ontario’s vaccine plan to target seniors, people with chronic health conditions Michael Talbot

Phase 2 of Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout plan will begin in April and will see people aged 60 to 79 begin receiving their first shots, along with those living in high-risk congregate settings like shelters.

Shots will go to seniors 75 and older first, with a goal of offering first shots to everyone 60 and older by the end of May.

People with high-risk chronic health conditions and their caregivers, as well as people who can’t work from home, will also be part of the province’s expanded vaccine plans.

Officials presented the updated vaccination timeline Friday, noting that it does not factor in the newly approved Johnson & Johnson shot and additional doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine.

Phase 2 is expected to begin in April through to July, but the timeline remains dependent on vaccine supply and availability.

During Phase 2, people will be able to receive their shots in more places, including pharmacies and doctor’s offices. Mass immunization clinics are expected to account for 80 per cent of all vaccinations in the province.

The province is set to receive just under 1.5 million doses of the Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca vaccines by April 12.

The province has outlined eligible health conditions that would put at person in a high-risk category.

Organ transplant recipients, and people with diabetes, dementia, cancer and heart disease are among the groups who will be targetted for Phase 2 vaccinations.

Here’s a full list of eligible health conditions:

You can read the province’s full Phase 2 rollout plan below:

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