The provincial government announced an increased supply of vaccines would allow an expansion of eligibility for the vaccines. From Friday, anyone aged 55 or over will be allowed to book an appointment through the provincial booking system at covid-19.ontario.ca/book-vaccine/. The age bands were expected to drop weekly until May 24, when everybody aged 18 and over would be eligible to make a booking. From Thursday, licensed childcare workers were also eligible to book a vaccine.
The government announced that a greater percentage of vaccines would be distributed to hot spots across Ontario for two weeks starting from Monday. At present, no postcode in the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) was listed as a hotspot. EOHU Medical Officer of Health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis said the change would not affect the approximately 58,000 doses already secured for the region and due to arrive over the next month.
More than 58,000 vaccines have been administered across the EOHU area. Over the past week, 8298 doses were administered through mass vaccination clinics, while hospitals and primary health providers issued another 1057.
Of the 292 active cases in the EOHU on Thursday, 132 were in Prescott-Russell communities, including:
57 in Clarence-Rockland;
20 in Alfred-Plantagenet;
18 in Russell;
11 in The Nation;
10 in Champlain;
7 in Casselman;
7 in Hawkesbury, and;
2 in East Hawkesbury.