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These are the hot spots and postal codes now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in Toronto

Toronto has identified high-risk hot spots and postal codes where people will now be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine much sooner than expected.

In a day of bad news stay-at-home orders in Toronto, this might be some good news.

Anyone who lives in a high risk neighbourhood who is 50 years and older will be eligible for a vaccine.

Yesterday the province announced it would be moving into Phase Two of its COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan, with a focus on reaching individuals in "hot spot" communities.

According to the province, high risk areas include parts of Toronto, Durham, Milton, Hamilton, Mississauga, Brampton, Ottawa, Niagara, Simcoe-Muskoka, Waterloo and Windsor.

In Toronto high priority areas are those with the postal codes starting with: M1B, M1C, M1E, M1G, M1H, M1J, M1K, M1M, M1P, M1R, M1X, M2J, M2M, M2R, M3A, M3C, M3H, M4A, M3J, M3K, M3L, M3M, M3N, M6B, M6L, M9M, M9N, M9P, M4X, M5A, M5B, M5N, M6A, M5V, M6H, M6K, M6N, M8V, M9A, M9B, M9C, M9R, M9V, M9W, M1L, M4H, M1S, M1T, M1V and M1W.

Eligible residents can book the vaccine shots starting at 8 a.m. on April 9 at one of the City-operated vaccination clinics.

The quick rollout of vaccines is being praised as a smart move, by some.

While others feel like the province is just changing the rules halfway through the vaccine rollout.

As of April 5 over 2,621,000 vaccine doses had been administered across the province, with over 85 per cent of Ontario residents aged 80 and over having received at least one dose, according to the province.

More than two-thirds of residents aged 75 to 79 have now received their first shot. Over 322,000 Ontarians are fully immunized, including 92 per cent of long-term care residents.

As we head into another state of emergency with stay-at-home orders, and more retail closures for at least four weeks, let's hope we can get the vaccine out as quickly as possible and get back to some type of normal soon.

Lead photo by

Clement Lo

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