Updated: Here’s the list of people in Ontario eligible for COVID-19 vaccines in Phase 2

Eligibility for online booking is expanding to the second group of essential workers and people 40+

May 11, 2021: This post was updated to reflect the booking eligibility expanding to the second group of essential workers and people with at-risk conditions on May 11, and the age lowering to 40 for mass immunization sites on May 13

Ontario is lowering the eligibility age to book COVID-19 vaccines at mass immunization sites to people aged 40 and up this week.

On May 11 at 8 am, people with at-risk health conditions such as dementia, diabetes and sickle cell disease, and people who can’t work from home, such as grocery store and restaurant workers, will be eligible to book appointments using the provincial system.

Then, on May 13 at 8 am, eligibility will expand again to people turning 40 and over in 2021 in non-hot spot communities. Eligible people can book via the provincial booking system, or directly through public health units that use their own booking system.

“With a stable and predictable supply of vaccines, Ontario’s vaccine rollout continues to pick up speed, and we are on track to administer a first dose to 65 per cent of Ontario adults by the end of May,” Health Minister Christine Elliott said in a statement on Monday morning.

Additionally, high-risk health care workers, dialysis patients, and all First Nations, Inuit and Métis individuals will be eligible later in the week of May 10 to book their second doses earlier than the recommended four month interval. Details on how those groups can book will be announced in the coming days, the province said.

Previous updates are below:

(Updated May 6, 2021): People age 18 and up living in hot spot communities will be able book vaccine appointments at mass immunization sites at 8 am on May 3, the government said in a statement.

In Toronto, the appointments can be booked through the provincial online booking system. Other areas take bookings through public health units using their own booking systems.

On May 6 at 8 am, eligibility to book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment at a mass immunization site via the provincial system will expand to:

  • 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 Métis individuals in addition to the other channels previously available to book their appointment.

Priority groups who were only able to book through the provincial call centre will now also be able to book online, including people with the highest risk health conditions, child-care workers in licensed child-care settings and education workers who provide direct support to students with special education needs.

Updated (April 30, 2021): All people over age 18 will be able to book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment using the provincial system by May 24, Health Minister Christine Elliott said on April 29.

During a press briefing at Queen’s Park, Elliott laid out a timetable for when vaccine eligibility will expand as vaccine supply from Ottawa increases “dramatically” in May.

First, the province will increase the supply of COVID-19 vaccines to hot spot communities by over one million doses starting next week. Fifty per cent of supply will go to dedicated to hot spot communities on the weekends of May 3 and 10. Those shots will be delivered by mobile teams, pop-up clinics, mass immunization sites, hospital, primary care physicians and pharmacies.

Every adult living in 114 hot-spot postal codes will be eligible to book appointments by May 3.

“This targeted, time-limited approach is designed to reduce COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths in our most at-risk communities,” Elliott said. “We will not be taking away vaccines from other public health regions. Their allocations will remain the same as previously planned and will increase later in May.”

As of April 30 at 8 am, the province is lowering the age of eligibility to book appointments via the provincial system to 55 and up, Ontario-wide.

In the week of May 3, the age will lower again to 50 and up. In the week of May 10, the age will lower to 40 and up and in the week of May 17 it will lower to age 30 and up. All adults over 18 will be eligible to book via the provincial system in the week of May 24.

Also on April 30, the province will launch a pilot project in hot spot areas that will see eight pharmacies in Toronto and Peel administer Pfizer vaccines to people age 55 and up. Each location will receive around 150 doses per week, the government said in a statement.

The province expects to expand Pfizer availability via pharmacies to additional public health units later in May. Pharmacies will continue using their own booking systems for these appointments. The age eligibility to get vaccinated at pharmacies will be 40 and up.

Ontario's vaccine eligibility timeline
Government of Ontario

Updated (April 18, 2021): Starting on April 20, people age 40 and up are eligible to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine at pharmacies and primary care settings in Ontario.

The province has been under pressure to expand vaccination as COVID-19 variants surge in the province, sending intensive care unit admissions to record highs.

Ontario previously made AstraZeneca available only to adults aged 55 and older in line with advice from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI). The advice came in response to reports of younger people experiencing rare blood clots. There have since been two cases of rare blood clots developing in patients who have received the shot in Canada, including on in Alberta.

“We continue to be actively engaged with Health Canada on updated AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine safety,” provincial officials said in a news release. “Last week, based on the review of available data from Europe and United Kingdom, Health Canada announced that it was not restricting the use of AstraZeneca vaccine in any specific populations at this time.”

Over the weekend, federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu said provinces “are free to use AstraZeneca in any age population over 18 as per Health Canada’s license for use in Canada.”

“All COVID-19 vaccines available in Ontario have been shown to prevent serious illness, hospitalization and death. Adverse reactions are extremely rare,” Ontario officials said. “We strongly recommend that everyone book their appointment as soon as they are eligible.”

The former head of Ontario’s vaccination task force has said he hopes anyone who wants a vaccine and is eligible will receive their first doses by the first day of summer.

People living in areas with the highest transmission rates will be prioritized as part of Phase 2, starting with the most at-risk regions in Toronto and Peel. Eligibility will expand to other hot spots based on transmission patterns.

“Mobile teams are being organized to administer vaccines in high-risk congregate settings, residential buildings, faith-based locations, and locations occupied by large employers in hot spot neighbourhoods to individuals aged 18 or over,” the government said in a statement. “Pop-up clinics will also be set-up in highly impacted neighborhoods, including at faith-based locations and community centres in those hot spots, in collaboration with public health units and community organizations within those communities.”

Education workers who support students with special needs, as well as education workers in hot-spot areas in Toronto and Peel, will be eligible. As vaccine supply increases, Ford said eligibility will expand to other hot spots and all education workers as supply allows.

After announcing a new stay-at-home order and state of emergency, Ford said Ontario aims to vaccinate 40 per cent of adults over the next four weeks.

In Toronto, the age of eligibility is 60+ for city-run vaccination sites. Starting on April 27, Toronto residents 45 and older in 114 high-risk areas, identified postal codes, will be able to book appointments at city-run clinics.

Outside of the hot spots, the timeline for eligibility will start with people in the “highest risk” categories and gradually include people in the “high risk” and “at risk” categories, but the province has only given ballpark dates for when eligibility will expand. For example, essential workers who do not live in COVID-19 hot spots will be eligible around mid-May, the province said.

Asked why those workers would have to wait until mid-May, Ford said on Tuesday that Ontario’s immediate priorities are elderly people who are not yet vaccinated under Phase 1, as well as essential workers in hot-spot regions, particularly workers for big companies like Amazon and in the manufacturing sector.

Barring further issues with vaccine supply, Phase 2 of the province’s vaccination rollout is scheduled to last until July. The government has updated the list of Ontario residents eligible for COVID-19 vaccines under Phase 2.

Here is the eligibility list as of May 11, 2021:

Older adults

  • Adults aged 55 to 79, starting with those 75 to 79 and decreasing in five-year increments
  • Those turning 40 or older in 2021 are eligible for vaccination at participating pharmacies and primary care settings

Public health units determine age-based eligibility for their own community’s needs. This means eligible age groups may differ between regions.

When to get vaccinated

People ages 18 to 49 in hot spots

Individuals ages 18 to 49 in hot spot communities are eligible for vaccination, starting in Peel and Toronto. Upcoming mobile and pop-up clinics will be promoted locally by community partners and public health units. Do not book through the provincial booking system.

Adults living in COVID-19 hot spot communities

  • People in hot spot communities, including:
    • adults ages 45 and older
    • people ages 18 or over in targeted hot spots as supply allows, including:
      • high-risk congregate settings
      • community centres
      • residential buildings
      • faith-based locations
      • locations occupied by large employers
    • education workers, starting in Toronto and Peel
    • Black and other racialized communities
Where to get vaccinated
Where to get vaccinated
Employer-hosted workplace clinics
  • getting vaccinated at a workplace clinic in your area

People who live and work in high-risk congregate settings

  • Supportive housing
  • Developmental services or intervenor and supported independent living
  • Emergency shelters for people experiencing homelessness
  • People experiencing homelessness not in shelters
  • Mental health and addictions congregate settings (for example, supportive housing, hospital psychiatric patients)
  • Homes for special care
  • Employer-provided living accommodations for temporary foreign agricultural workers
  • Adult correctional facilities
  • Violence against women (VAW) shelters and anti-human trafficking (AHT) residents
  • Children’s residential facilities
  • Youth justice facilities
  • Indigenous healing and wellness facilities
  • Bail beds and Indigenous bail beds
  • Provincial and demonstration schools
Where to get vaccinated

Caregivers in select congregate care settings

  • Developmental services
  • Mental health and addictions congregate settings
  • Homes for special care
  • Children’s residential facilities
  • Indigenous healing and wellness facilities
Where to get vaccinated

Individuals with health conditions and their caregivers

Highest risk
  • Pregnancy
  • Organ transplant recipients
  • Hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients
  • People with neurological diseases in which respiratory function may be compromised (for example, motor neuron disease, myasthenia gravis, multiple sclerosis)
  • Haematological malignancy diagnosed within the last year
  • Kidney disease with estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) under 30
  • One essential caregiver for above individuals
Where to get vaccinated
  • Hospital clinics
  • Where you receive your regular treatment, if possible
  • Mass vaccination clinics — visit Ontario.ca/bookvaccine to find out how to book

High risk
  • Obesity (BMI over 40)
  • Other treatments causing immunosuppression (for example, chemotherapy, immunity-weakening medications)
  • Intellectual or developmental disabilities (for example, Down Syndrome)
  • One essential caregiver for those individuals who require regular and sustained assistance with personal care and/or activities of daily living
Where to get vaccinated
  • Mobile clinics
  • Where you receive your regular treatment, if possible
  • Mass vaccination clinics — visit Ontario.ca/bookvaccine to find out how to book

At risk
  • Immune deficiencies and autoimmune disorders
  • Stroke and cerebrovascular disease
  • Dementia
  • Diabetes
  • Liver disease
  • All other cancers
  • Respiratory diseases, such as asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, pleurisy
  • Spleen problems, such as asplenia
  • Heart disease
  • Hypertension with end organ damage
  • Diagnosed mental disorder
  • Substance use disorders
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Thalassemia
  • Pregnancy
  • Immunocompromising health conditions
  • Other disabilities requiring direct support care in the community

Vaccination for individuals in this group will take place:

  • mass immunization clinics (primarily for patients falling within the age bands)
  • hospital clinics
  • mobile teams
  • primary care settings

If you are in this group, your health care provider (for example, your family doctor or specialist) will contact you to book an appointment when supply is available, or you can book online using the province’s online booking system when vaccines are available to your age group.

This list is not exhaustive – health care practitioners will use their best medical judgement to vaccinate patients with health conditions not listed (such as rare diseases) that may put them at similar or greater risk to the listed conditions.

Essential frontline workers who cannot work from home

First group – week of May 3
  • Elementary and secondary school workers (including educators, custodial, school bus drivers, administrative staff)
  • Workers responding to critical events (including police, fire, special constables, children’s aid society workers, emergency management, critical infrastructure restoration workers)
  • Enforcement, inspection and compliance roles (including by-law enforcement, building inspectors, food inspectors, animal welfare inspectors, border inspection officers, labour inspectors, WSIB field workers)
  • Individuals working in childcare (including all licensees, employees and students on educational placements who interact directly with children in licensed childcare centres and in authorized recreation and skill building programs, licensed home child care and in-home service providers, employees of home child care agencies)
  • Foster care agenda workers (including customary care providers)
  • Food manufacturing and distribution workers
  • Agriculture and farm workers
  • Funeral, crematorium and cemetery workers
Where to get vaccinated
Second group – week of May 10
  • Essential and critical retail workers (including grocery, foodbank, pharmacy, ServiceOntario, ServiceCanada, Passport Canada, wholesalers and general goods, restaurant, LCBO workers)
  • Workers in manufacturing industries directly involved in supporting the COVID-19covid 19 response, construction (including infrastructure) and other essential businesses and services where facilities are at heightened risk for COVID-19covid 19 outbreaks and spread
  • Social workers and social services staff who provide in-person client services (including youth justice workers, Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support Program case workers)
  • Courts and justice system workers (including probation and parole workers)
  • Transportation, warehousing and distribution workers (including public transit workers, truck drivers supporting essential services, marine and rail cargo and maintenance, highway maintenance)
  • Electricity (including system operations, generation, transmission, distribution and storage workers)
  • Communications infrastructure workers (including cellular, satellite, landline, internet, public safety radio)
  • Water and wastewater management workers
  • Financial services workers (bank branch staff)
  • Veterinarians and veterinary teams
  • Waste management workers
  • Oil and petroleum workers (including petroleum refineries, crude oil and petroleum storage, transmission and distribution, retail sale of fuel)
  • Natural gas and propane gas workers (including compression, storage, transmission and distribution of natural gas and propane)
  • Mine workers (including those needed to ensure the continued operation of active mines)
  • Uranium processing workers (those working in the refining and conversion of uranium and fabrication of fuel for nuclear power plants)
Where to get vaccinated, once eligible
  • Mass vaccination clinics
  • Hospital clinics
  • Mobile clinics
  • Primary care settings (such as your doctor’s office)


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One response to “Updated: Here’s the list of people in Ontario eligible for COVID-19 vaccines in Phase 2”

  1. From this very confusing list, it looks like the teachers will finally be vaccinated? Are they listening now – hot spots in manufacturing and warehouses. All along they have benn playing catch up! Schools should have closed Dec. and stayed that way until teachers vaccinated. Thank goodness Trudueau is running Ottawa and printing $$$$$. Could you imagine a Conservative PM????

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