TBDHU is working through the phases of Ontario's Vaccine Distribution Implementation Plan.
Information on the groups eligible, as well as how and when they can receive a COVID-19 vaccine, is outlined below. Once a particular group becomes eligible, they will continue to be eligible as vaccine roll-out progresses.
TBDHU, along with many partners, has been working through the priorities of Phase 1. Those who are eligible in Phase 1, and who have not yet received their first dose, will continue to be eligible as the province and TBDHU move forward with Phase 2 priorities.
Groups Eligible in Phase 1
Priority groups in phase 2 of Ontario’s COVID-19 Vaccination Plan are gradually becoming eligible as vaccine rollout continues. TBDHU is following guidance from the Ministry of Health on Phase 2 Vaccination Prioritization (Please note that this document was last updated on March 23, 2021; however, there have been guidance changes since that time that have not been reflected in the document yet. The information on this page has been updated and is up-to-date.) to identify what groups will be prioritized and in what sequence. Movement through the priority groups will also consider any forthcoming guidance provided by the province for planning and delivering vaccines as the vaccine program evolves.
TBDHU aims to ensure equitable access to vaccines for all of the priority groups in phase 2. However, there are many groups and a step-wise approach is needed to facilitate vaccination for everyone who is willing and eligible. The timeframe chart below outlines the projected timing for each priority group.
Important things to note about Phase 2 vaccination:
- Not everyone who is identified as a priority group in Phase 2 will be eligible for vaccination in April.
- Anyone who is identified as a priority in Phase 1 who has not yet received their vaccine remains eligible for vaccination during Phase 2. See the Phase 1 tabs above for further information.
- The pace of advancing through each group will depend on a variety of factors, including the availability of vaccines and the number of individuals who are in each eligible group.
- Individuals may fall into more than one Phase 2 priority group. Where overlap occurs, people can pursue the earliest vaccination opportunity that is presented to them.
- The TBDHU region is not designated as a “COVID-19 hotspot”.
- For residents in Thunder Bay District communities, the local Family Health Teams and/or Community Health Centres will communicate information about local vaccination clinics, who is eligible and how to make an appointment. Details are also available on the District Vaccination Clinics page.
Projected Timing of Phase 2 Sequence (Source: Ministry of Health's COVID-19 Vaccination Update: Update and Plans for Phase 2 - Please note that this document was last updated on March 23, 2021; however, there have been guidance changes since that time that have not been reflected in the document yet. The information on this page has been updated and is up-to-date.)
Groups Eligible in Phase 2
Scheduled for July 2021 and beyond, depending on availability of vaccines, for the following groups:
- Remaining Ontarians in the general population who wish to be vaccinated. The Ethical Framework for COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution will help to prioritize groups within this phase.
For more information, visit the Ministry of Health's Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine in Ontario website.