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Ontario lowers age of vaccine eligibility at pharmacies to 55

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The Ontario Provincial government on Thursday lowered the age of those who can book a vaccine shot at a pharmacy to 55.

The province made the announcement as it prepares to expand the pharmacy vaccination program to 350 more locations across Ontario.

All of the pharmacies will be administering the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Some of the new locations will begin offering appointments to get the shots as early as this Saturday.

“Ontario’s capacity to get needles in arms continues to grow by the day,” said Premier Doug Ford. “Thanks to the determination and commitment of members of Team Ontario we are ahead of schedule and administering more vaccines than all of the other provinces combined. We are ready to dramatically increase the number of vaccines we can administer once we receive a steady and reliable supply from the federal government.”

Earlier this month, Ontario began offering the vaccine to individuals aged 60 and over at pharmacies and primary care settings. With today’s expansion bringing the total number of pharmacies offering the vaccine to nearly 700 locations, it is expected that this number could reach approximately 1,500 by the end of April.

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