Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout continues to expand, and the vaccine is now available to youth aged 12 and over.
As of May 23, 2021, youth aged 12 and over across Ontario became eligible to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment through the provincial booking system and call centre, as well as at select pharmacies administering the Pfizer vaccine.
To book an appointment online, these individuals must already be 12 years old as of the date of their booking.
Individuals who are not 12 years old as of May 23, 2021 can book an appointment for a later date through the provincial call centre, or directly through public health units that use their own booking system.
The Pfizer vaccine is currently the only COVID-19 vaccine that has been authorized by Health Canada for use in individuals aged 12 and over. In addition, the province is encouraging eligible family members who have not received a vaccine to attend these clinics to get youth and their families vaccinated as quickly as possible. The changes are at the request of some public health units to remove barriers for families requesting vaccines.
The province is on track to have administered a first dose of COVID-19 vaccines to ten million Ontarians by the end of June and 65 per cent of Ontarians aged 18 and over before the end of May. The province expects to reach all youth aged 12 and over with a first dose before the end of June and with a second dose by the end of August 2021.
As of May 20, 2021, more than 7.7 million vaccine doses have been administered in Ontario