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Ontario/IBNS: Starting today, Ontario is booking appointments for AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccines for eligible people above 40 years by select pharmacies and primary care offices across the province.
Astra Zeneca Vaccine. Image credit: Wikimedia commons
Ontario had decided to lower the eligibility age for AstraZeneca vaccines from 55 to 40 after the federal government of Canada announced on Apr 18 that Ontario was free to expand eligibility for the AstraZeneca vaccines to any adult over the age of 18.
This announcement by the federal government was made when some pharmacists warned they had doses sitting idle because of the age restrictions.
Before this decision to lower the eligibility criteria, the vaccine in Ontario was offered only to people aged above 55 in keeping with the recommendations from the National Advisory Council on Immunization (NACI) earlier this spring.