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

People aged 18 and older in hot spot areas will be eligible for vaccinations

April 7, 2021: This post was updated with new information from the Ontario Phase 2 eligibility list, which can be found here.

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.

In the meantime, Phase 2 of Ontario’s vaccination rollout started today, April 7 at 8 am.

Premier Doug Ford said on Wednesday that 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.”

Starting next week, Ford said 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 already down to 60 for city-run vaccination sites and down to 50 for hospital-run clinics in hot spot neighbourhoods. Starting on April 9, Toronto residents 50 and older in high-risk areas, identified postal codes, will be able to book appointments at city-run clinics, Mayor John Tory said on Wednesday.

The mayor also said Ontario Health Teams and mobile hospital clinics will take the vaccine to vulnerable residents in 111 hot-spot areas. People age 18 and older will be eligible in these neighbourhoods, identified by postal codes.

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 list:

Older adults

  • Adults aged 60 to 79, starting with those 75 to 79 and decreasing in five-year increments
  • Those turning 55 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.

Adults living in COVID-19covid 19 hot spot communities

  • Adults ages 50 and older (starting with older individuals and decreasing in age) living in hot spot communities where provincial and local data demonstrate historic and ongoing high rates of COVID-19covid 19, death and severe illness due to COVID-19covid 19
  • Black and other racialized communities
  • Hot spot communities have been identified in 13 public health units, including:
    • Durham Region Health Department
    • Halton Region Public Health
    • City of Hamilton Public Health Services
    • Niagara Region Public Health
    • Ottawa Public Health
    • Peel Public Health
    • Simcoe-Muskoka District Health Unit
    • Region of Waterloo Public Health and Emergency Services
    • Wellington-Dufferin Guelph Public Health
    • Windsor-Essex County Health Unit
    • York Region Public Health
    • Toronto Public Health
    • Southwestern Public Health

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

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

Individuals with health conditions and their caregivers

Highest risk
  • 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

Vaccination for individuals in this group will take place:

  • mainly at hospital clinics
  • where the individuals receive their regular treatment, if possible

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 vaccine supply is available.

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

Vaccination for individuals in this group will take place:

  • mobile teams
  • primary care settings (for example, doctors’ offices)

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 vaccine supply is available.

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
  • 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
Second group
  • 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)


Comments (1)

  • Gail April 6, 2021 09:15 PM

    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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