Today marks the official launch of Ontario’s online booking system for the COVID-19 vaccines, hopefully streamlining the process of getting the province’s population inoculated.
The booking system officially went live today – Monday, March 15th – with options to book a COVID-19 vaccine via the online portal or on the phone.
Ontario is launching a provincial online booking system and customer service desk for #COVID19 vaccination appointments at mass immunization clinics, starting with those 80 years and older. https://t.co/v2HBUbtwnr pic.twitter.com/DcVaQBdcGj
— Ontario Ministry of Health (@ONThealth) March 15, 2021
“We are making steady progress in the execution of our vaccine distribution plan, and the launching of the online booking system is another major milestone,” said Ontario Premier Doug Ford.
“In this phase of our plan we are still offering vaccines to our most vulnerable, so I encourage everyone aged 80 and older to use the portal to book an appointment. For everyone else, please be patient, as we get more supply, the vaccine will be offered to more people.”
As of today, eligible Ontarians turning 80 or older in 2021 will be able to access the COVID-19 vaccine booking portal and will be guided on next steps.
To book a vaccine appointment, eligible Ontarians will be required to provide information from their green health card, their birthdate, email address or phone number, and postal code.
The launch coincides with the opening of large-scale vaccination clinics all over the province, including here in Hamilton at FirstOntario Centre which is set to officially open on March 22nd.
As of now, Hamilton is offering COVID-19 vaccines to select priority groups including highest priority healthcare workers, those living and working in the shelter system, adults over the age of 80, Indigenous adults over 55, staff and residents of long-term care facilities, and adult recipients of chronic home care.
Phase One of the province’s vaccine rollout plan is approaching its completion, with Phase Two expected to move ahead as of next month to vaccinate adults over the age of 60, select workers who cannot work from home, people living in COVID-19 hot spots, people who live and work in congregate settings, and people with specific health conditions.
Read more on the Ontario website.