Toronto hospital lowers age eligibility for COVID-19 vaccine in priority neighbourhoods

People arrive at the City of Toronto operated mass COVID-19 vaccination site in East York Town Centre, servicing the Thorncliffe Park community, an area disproportionally impacted by COVID-19, Wednesday, March 24, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston

Another Toronto hospital will be offering vaccines to adults 50 years of age and older who live in some of the city's COVID-19 hot spots.

Michael Garron Hospital started administering shots to adults 50 or older who live in priority neighbourhoods in east Toronto on April 1. Appointments can be made online for a shot at the Thorncliffe Park Community Hub COVID-19 Immunization Clinic (45 Overlea Boulevard).

Adults in neighbourhoods with the following postal codes are now eligible:

  • M4H
  • M1L
  • M3C
  • M4A
  • M1K
  • M1M
  • M1J

Earlier in the week the province lowered the age thresholds for select public health units so that those aged 60 and up can begin to book an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine. Toronto and Peel were included in the list of public health units.

The age threshold for the AstraZeneca vaccine, which is being administered at pharmacies, was also lowered to 55.

However, some hospitals have been able to further lower the age of eligibility over the last few weeks.

On Thursday, Humber River Hospital announced that it will begin inoculating people 50 and older who live in the nearby catchment area.

Anyone born in 1971 or earlier who lives in the northwestern Toronto catchment area will be eligible to receive a shot at its Downsview Arena clinic.

That area is defined as people who reside within the following boundaries:

  • South of Steeles Avenue
  • North of Eglinton Avenue
  • East of Humber River/ Islington Avenue
  • West of Bathurst Street

In York and Halton, the age threshold to get the COVID-19 vaccine stands at 65.