Pregnant people now eligible for COVID-19 vaccines in Ontario

Pregnant people in Ontario can now book an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine through the province’s call centre or via their local health unit.

In an email, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health said that the change was made in light of “emerging data on the increased risk of severe illness” for pregnant people.

Pregnant individuals were initially part of the “at-risk” category of Phase 2 of Ontario’s vaccine rollout plan, which meant they could have been waiting until about mid-May for a first shot. 

They have now been moved to the “highest risk” tier, the Ministry of Health said.

Whether a pregnant person should book through the province or through their local health unit depends upon whether the health unit is using the centralized call centre or not.

The Ministry of Health noted that no letter from a health-care provider is needed. Pregnant individuals are okay to receive their second dose at the 16-week interval, the ministry said.

 The province’s rollout plan, posted online, will be updated in the coming days to reflect the change.

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