Apr 07, 2021
By Jane Brown
York Region becomes the first area of Ontario to offer COVID-19 vaccines to people as young as 45.
Starting Wednesday April 7th at 8:30am, York region residents between the ages of 45 and 59 in five postal codes designated as COVID-19 hotspots (L4L, L6A, L4K, L4J, L3S) will be allowed to book a first shot.
They may do so through the York Region public health website or by calling Access York at 1-877-464-9675.
Some 8,000 appointments will be available for these eligible residents April 8th through April 12th.
York’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Karim Kurji, says in addition, mobile clinics will go directly to the manufacturing plants where variants of the virus are spreading.
“We’ve already identified the manufacturing plants,” Dr. Kurji explained, “They are building contractors, roofing contractors, windows and doors manufacturers, metal parts manufacturers. We’ve got a list of a number of them which we have prioritized.”
Critical care doctors have been calling on the Ford PCs to allow essential workers across the province to get their COVID vaccines now rather than the original schedule of mid-May.
On Tuesday, the premier said a strategy is in the works to get mobile clinics to all of these congregate work settings.
He also said he would not rule out offering COVID shots to teachers sooner than planned.
Ford was responding to a call by Liberal leader Steven Del Duca for all teachers in the province to receive their first COVID vaccine during next week’s spring break.