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Ontario Expands Age Eligibility For AstraZeneca Coronavirus Vaccine

KAWARTHA LAKES-The Ontario government has expanded the age eligibility for the AstraZeneca Coronavirus vaccine.

Today, Dr. David Williams, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, issued the following statement to expand COVID-19 vaccination eligibility at pharmacies and primary care settings to individuals aged 40 and over:

“Starting Tuesday, April 20, 2021, Ontario will offer the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to individuals aged 40 and over at pharmacy and primary care settings across the province.

As we continue to fight COVID-19, we are doing everything possible to get as many vaccines into arms as quickly and safely as possible. We continue to be actively engaged with Health Canada on updated AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine safety. Last week, based on the review of available data from Europe and United Kingdom, Health Canada announced that it was not restricting the use of AstraZeneca vaccine in any specific populations at this time.

By extending vaccination eligibility for the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at pharmacies and primary care settings to individuals aged 40 and over, Ontario will be able to offer the protection of the vaccine to more Ontarians earlier than anticipated. With supply of AstraZeneca available at this time, the expansion of eligibility will also significantly increase access to vaccines in hot spot communities.

The health and safety of Ontarians is always our top priority, and for that reason, only COVID-19 vaccines that Health Canada determines to be safe and effective are approved for use in Ontario. All COVID-19 vaccines available in Ontario have been shown to prevent serious illness, hospitalization and death. Adverse reactions are extremely rare. We strongly recommend that everyone book their appointment as soon as they are eligible.

Ontario has administered over 3.86 million doses of the vaccine to Ontarians to date, and all of our partners and health care workers are continuing to work hard to administer doses as quickly as possible to Ontarians.”

Starting April 20, 2021, select pharmacies across the province are booking appointments for AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines for eligible people ages 40 or older in 2021.

You must have an appointment to get vaccinated at a participating pharmacy. Contact a participating pharmacy near you to book an appointment.

Before you book

You must:

  • be 40 years old or older in 2021
  • have a valid Ontario health (OHIP) card, or other form of valid government-issued identification

Learn what to expect at the pharmacy.

Local pharmacies administering vaccines: 

Kawartha Lakes Pharmacy

55 Angeline Street North Unit 4A

Lindsay, ON

K9V 5B7


Loblaw Pharmacy

400 Kent St. West

Lindsay, ON

K9V 6K2


Pharma Plus

401 Kent St. West

Lindsay, ON

K9V 4Z1


R.X Drug Mart

51 Kent St. West

Lindsay, ON

K9V 2X9


Shoppers Drug Mart

85 Bolton St.

Bobcaygeon, ON

K0M 1A0


Village Gate Pharmasave

101 East St.

Bobcaygeon, ON

K0M 1A0


Fenelon Falls Pharmacy

53 Colborne St. PO Box 508

Fenelon Falls, ON

K0M 1N0


Coby Pharmacy

Main St. 6662 Highway 35

Coboconk, ON

K0M 1K0


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Pamela Vanmeer
Pamela Vanmeerhttps://www.kawartha411.ca/
Pamela VanMeer is a two time winner of the prestigious Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) Award. Her investigative reports on abuse in Long Term Care Homes garnered international attention for the issue and won the Ron Laidlaw Award. She is a former reporter and anchor at CHEX News, now Global Peterborough and helped launch the New CHEX Daily, a daily half hour talk show. While at CHCH News in Hamilton she covered some of the biggest news stories of the day.

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