Vaccine criteria expands

Press release

Eligibility is expanding this week, to include essential workers and those with certain medical conditions

Kenora-Rainy River, Ont. – A stable and reliable increase in vaccine supply to Ontario is enabling the government to further expand eligibility to book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment throughout the week of May 10, 2021.

As of Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 8:00 a.m., individuals with at-risk health conditions such as dementia, diabetes and sickle cell disease, as well as Group Two of people who cannot work from home including grocery store, restaurant and transportation workers will be eligible to book an appointment to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

In addition, effective Thursday, May 13, 2021, at 8:00 a.m., individuals turning 40 and over in 2021 in non-hot spot communities will be eligible to book an appointment to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at a mass immunization clinic.

All eligible individuals can schedule an appointment through the online booking system at or by calling 1-833-943-3900.

“With a stable and predictable supply of vaccines, Ontario’s vaccine rollout continues to pick up speed, and we are on track to administer a first dose to 65% of Ontario adults by the end of May,” said Greg Rickford, MPP for Kenora-Rainy River. “Time and time again, Northwesterners have shown their resiliency and patience as we all navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. I urge everyone to register to receive their vaccine as soon as their eligible.”

Ontarians who are now eligible to book their vaccine appointment are asked to be patient, as it could take time to receive their vaccine. The Northwestern Health Unit is managing and overseeing the distribution and administration of vaccines for Kenora-Rainy River.