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York Region expands COVID-19 vaccines to ages 60+, ages 35+ in 5 hotspots

About 20,000 new appointments will be available as of at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 20
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Residents aged 60 years of age and older will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine at York Region clinics, as well as residents aged 35 and older in the five hotspots, as of Tuesday, April 20.

Beginning at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow, York Region residents born in 1961 and earlier can book appointments, as can residents born in 1986 and earlier who live in L4L, L6A, L4K, L4J and L3S postal code areas in Vaughan and Markham, according to York Region director of corporate communications Patrick Casey.

About 20,000 new appointments will be available on Telephone support is available and is listed under the applicable clinic.

"York Region continues experiencing a serious reduction in vaccine supply and will offer additional appointments as vaccine becomes available," Casey added.

Appointments continue to be available for all groups that have been previously identified as eligible.

The Government of Ontario announced yesterday the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine will also be available to individuals aged 40 and over (born in 1981 and earlier) in pharmacies and primary care settings as of Tuesday, April 20.

York Region residents age 40 years of age and older are encouraged to book vaccine appointments at select pharmacies and primary care settings in York Region or at the Soccer City vaccine clinic in Whitchurch-Stouffville, Casey said.

In accordance with the Ministry of Health’s recent recommendations, transplant patients and some cancer patients are encouraged to get their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as close to the 21 to 28-day timeframe as possible. Information plus eligibility and clinic details are available at

As a result of no-shows and cancelled appointments, additional vaccine supply may become available and a small number of appointments may appear through the online booking systems, Casey said. Residents are encouraged to check back often for appointments that may become available.

COVID-19 vaccines will now be available to the following at York Region clinics:

  • NEW: All York Region residents age 60+ (born in 1961 or earlier)
  • NEW: York Region residents age 35 years of age and older who live in the following identified high priority communities in York Region (Vaughan postal codes: L4L, L6A, L4K, L4J; Markham postal code: L3S)
  • Special education staff who live or work in York Region
  • Individuals (and one of their caregivers) with highest and high risk health conditions as identified in Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccination plan
  • Highest, very high and high priority health care workers as identified in the Ministry of Health’s guidance who work or live in York Region
  • Staff, essential caregivers and any residents who have not yet received a first dose in long-term care homes, retirement homes and First Nations elder care homes
  • Alternative level of care patients in hospitals who have a confirmed admission to a long-term care home, retirement home or other congregate care home for seniors
  • Staff, residents and caregivers in retirement homes and other congregate care settings for seniors
  • Indigenous adults and members of their households
  • Adults receiving home care services and who live in York Region (appropriate documentation will be required)
  • Faith leaders who live or work in York Region and provide end of life care, care of the deceased, care of those who are unwell or provides pastoral services in vulnerable settings.


Debora Kelly

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