Media Release

York Region residents born in 1956 or before can book appointments beginning Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 8:30 a.m. 

Newmarket – The Regional Municipality of York is advancing those eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations to now include York Region residents age 65 years and older (born 1956 and earlier) as the Region continues to deliver vaccines identified in the Government of Ontario’s COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan.

Effective Wednesday, March 31, 2021 beginning at 8:30 a.m., York Region residents age 65 years of age and older can book an appointment for their COVID-19 vaccination by visiting york.ca/COVID19Vaccine

Approximately 15,000 new vaccine appointments will open. York Region will continue to offer additional appointments as more vaccine becomes available.

York Region Public Health is working with our local health care partners to provide COVID-19 vaccines for this newly eligible priority group at the following clinic locations:

  • Aaniin Community Centre located in the City of Markham, operated by York Region Public Health 
  • Canada’s Wonderland (Drive-thru) located in the City of Vaughan, operated by York Region Public Health 
  • Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital located in the City of Vaughan, operated by Mackenzie Health
  • Georgina Ice Palace located in the Town of Georgina, operated by York Region Public Health
  • Maple Community Centre located in the City of Vaughan, operated by York Region Public Health
  • Ray Twinney Recreation Complex located in the Town of Newmarket, operated by Southlake Regional Health Centre
  • Richmond Green Sports Centre located in the City of Richmond Hill, operated by York Region Public Health

Clinic dates and times vary for each location. Please visit york.ca/COVID19Vaccinefor specific clinic details.

The vaccination clinic at Cornell Community Centre located in the City of Markham, operated by Eastern York Region North Durham (EYRND) Ontario Health Team (OHT), continues to book appointments for residents 70 years of age and older (born in 1951 and earlier).

Each eligible individual can book their first COVID-19 vaccination appointment online; telephone support is available and is listed under the applicable clinic.

COVID-19 vaccines are available to the following:

  • York Region residents 65 years of age and older (born in 1956 or earlier), with the exception of the Cornell Community Centre
  • Highest, very high and high priority health care workers as identified in the Ministry of Health’s guidance on Health Care Work Prioritization who work or live in York Region
  • Staff, essential caregivers and any residents that have not yet received a first dose in long-term care homes, retirement homes and First Nations elder care homes
  • Alternative level of care patients in hospitals who have a confirmed admission to a long-term care home, retirement home or other congregate care home for seniors
  • Staff, residents and caregivers in retirement homes and other congregate care settings for seniors
  • Indigenous adults and members of their households
  • Adults with a chronic condition receiving home care services and who live in York Region (appropriate documentation will be required)
  • Eligible adult recipients of chronic home care 
  • Faith leaders who live or work in York Region and provide end of life care, care of the deceased, care of those who are unwell or provides pastoral services in vulnerable settings

Appointments are required. Walk-in appointments are not available. Please do not visit a vaccination clinic without an appointment – you will be turned away.

In partnership with our hospital and paramedic services partners, York Region Public Health is working to ensure all eligible and vulnerable residents who cannot attend a clinic receive a COVID-19 vaccine. York Region mobile outreach teams are now vaccinating homebound residents.

Some residents may also find drive-thru clinics as a good option. Drive-thru clinics are also by appointment only.

York Region Public Health and our hospital-led clinics continue to work collaboratively to release additional appointments as vaccines become available. As a result of no-shows and/or cancelled appointments, additional vaccine supply may become available and a small number of appointments may appear through the online booking systems. Residents are encouraged to check back often for appointments that may become available. 

To support residents, a colour-coded system has been applied to the york.ca/COVID19Vaccine page to help residents easily identify which clinics may still have available appointments:

  • Red: Appointments Fully Booked
  • Orange: Limited Availability 
  • Green: Now Booking 

York Region will continue to publicly communicate new online booking opportunities through multiple communication channels, including york.ca, social media and our media and community partners.

To ensure all appointments are available to those who are eligible, we encourage residents to book only one appointment per person and cancel any appointments they do not intend to use.

We encourage everyone to get these safe and effective vaccines which protects against COVID-19. 

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