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Vaccine pre-registration now open for phase one groups

Here's what you need to know to add your name to the province's vaccine waitlist
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Pre-registration for the provincial vaccine booking system is now open for those eligible to receive the vaccine under phase one of the Ontario plan. 

According to the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, this round of pre-registration is open to all Indigenous adults (over 16 years old) and their household members, adult recipients of chronic home care, high priority frontline health care workers, and essential caregivers of residents in long-term care and retirement homes. 

Seniors aged 80 years old and above do not need to pre-register. They will be able to book an appointment when the province’s booking system launches next week (March 15). 

Anyone outside of these groups is not eligible for a vaccine right now, and therefore cannot pre-register. You can read more about eligibility requirements here.

According to the health unit, those who pre-register will require a health card and an email address. After registering they will receive an email invitation with a booking code to book an appointment. They will not receive the email immediately, and it could take days or weeks to arrive. 

Pre-registering is similar to adding your name to a waitlist, according to the health unit. 

The health unit has provided a list of questions and answers about pre-registration here.

If you are currently on a waiting list with the health unit for an appointment between March 10 and 16, you do not need to pre-register again. 

To pre-register, use this link from the health unit, and select the dropdown menu for the applicable eligibility group. 

According to the province’s vaccine plan, under phase two of the rollout, which will begin between April and July depending on vaccine availability, includes the following groups: 

  • Older adults, beginning with those 79 years of age (born in 1942 or earlier) and decreasing in five-year increments over the course of the vaccine rollout.
  • People who live and work in high-risk congregate settings (for example, shelters, community living). 
  • Essential frontline workers who cannot work from home
  • Individuals with high-risk chronic conditions. 
  • Other populations and communities facing barriers related to the determinants of health across Ontario who are at greater COVID-19 risk.

Following the completion of phase two, the final phase opens up vaccine appointments to anyone over the age of 16 who wishes to be vaccinated.