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Ottawans 50 and up can book vaccine appointments Thursday

The lower age limit for COVID-19 vaccinations will drop even further this week, with all Ottawans 50 and older eligible to book an appointment as of Thursday morning.

Vaccine rollout had just expanded to include 55+ on Friday

A woman is vaccinated against COVID-19 at an Ottawa clinic in April. The city says all residents born in 1971 or earlier will be eligible to book their vaccine appointments as of Thursday, May 6. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press)

The lower age limit for COVID-19 vaccinations will drop even further this week, with all Ottawans 50 and older able to book an appointment as of Thursday morning.

Anyone born in or before 1971 will be able to schedule a shot at a community clinic as of 8 a.m. on May 6, the city said in a statement Sunday evening.

People can sign up through the province's online portal or call the provincial vaccine booking line at 1-833-943-3900, which is available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week.

Walk-ins at community clinics will not be accepted, the city said. Any vaccine doses leftover at the end of the day will be given to people on the waitlist.

"Priority populations" who've only been able to book using the call centre will also be able to book online as of Thursday, the city said.

They include people with the highest-risk health conditions, child-care workers in licensed child-care settings and education workers who directly support students with special education needs.

Had just expanded to 55+

The vaccine rollout had just been expanded Friday to include all Ottawans 55 and older.

The city also confirmed the province's previous announcement that residents 18 and older living in COVID-19 "hot spots" would be able to book vaccine appointments as of Monday.

There are three such hot spots in Ottawa, covering the K1T, K1V and K2V postal codes.

The province plans to open up booking to all adults by the end of May, anticipating the arrival in Ontario of millions of doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines.

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