Anyone aged 18 and over who lives in one of 114 hot spots identified by the Ontario government will be able to book an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine at a mass immunization clinic starting Monday.…
The appointments, which will be available for the two weeks of May 3 and May 10, can be made through the province’s online booking system or directly through public health units.…
The province said the expanded eligibility is part of a strategy to allocate 50 per cent of vaccine doses to the hot spots, up from the current share of 25 per cent.…
On Saturday, Ontario passed a target to give at least one dose to 40 per cent of Ontario adults by May 6.…
The two-week focus on the high-risk areas, identified by postal code, comes after the Ontario’s Science Table made a recommendation last month that 50 per cent of doses go to 74 hot spots for a month.…

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