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More Ontario pharmacies offering COVID-19 vaccine to those aged 55 and up

More Ontario pharmacies offering COVID-19 vaccine to those aged 55 and up-Milenio Stadium-Ontario
Pharmacist Abraam Rafael administers a COVID-19 vaccine to Maureen Doyle at his pharmacy in Toronto. On Thursday, the province announced more pharmacies will soon offer the AstraZeneca vaccine to those age 55 and up. (Cole Burston/The Canadian Press)

Ontario announced Thursday that some 350 more pharmacies will now administer the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine and that first doses will now be offered to those age 55 and up.

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Some of those new pharmacies will begin that work by Saturday, however others weren’t even aware they were on the list when contacted by CBC News on Thursday.

You can find a full list of pharmacies at the bottom of this story. But remember: you will need an appointment before you go and you may need to wait a few more days to confirm your local pharmacy is offering shots.

Phase 2 of Ontario’s vaccine rollout is now beginning, however whether or not you’ll be able to get a vaccine continues to hinge on where you live as public health units are in charge of the rollout at a local level.

The second phase of the rollout includes:

  • Adults aged 60 to 79, in 5-year increments
  • High-risk congregate settings (such as shelters, community living)
  • Individuals with high-risk chronic conditions and their caregivers
  • Those who cannot work from home
  • At-risk populations

The government says it’s hoping to have 1,500 pharmacies offering vaccines by the end of April.

Primary care doctors across the province will also be able to offer the vaccine soon — though it’s unclear exactly how many doses will be sent to those physicians.

CBC

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