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York, Halton expanding to vaccinate residents 65-and-up
March 31, 2021
Lucas Casaletto

York Region and Halton Region are both moving to a younger age group for the next round of COVID-19 vaccine appointments.

Markham mayor Frank Scarpitti says residents 65-and-over can start booking at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday while Halton Region tweeted residents 65 and over could begin booking appointments on Wednesday.

Scarpitti was sure to be clear that no appointment means no shot.

The public health unit says approximately 15,000 new vaccine appointments will open and that York Region will continue to offer additional appointments as more vaccine becomes available.

The following locations will offer a vaccine for those 65-and-over:

Aaniin Community Centre in Markham (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
Canada’s Wonderland (Drive-thru) located in Vaughan (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital located in Vaughan
Georgina Ice Palace located in Georgina (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
Maple Community Centre located in Vaughan
Ray Twinney Recreation Complex located in Newmarket
Richmond Green Sports Centre located in Richmond Hill

Clinic dates and times vary for each location and York Region is urging people to visit for more details.

Cornell Community Centre in Markham continues to vaccinate people 70-and-up, York Region said.

The move comes even as York Region closes three of its mass clinics temporarily because of anticipated delays with the Moderna vaccine this weekend.

Clinics at Georgina Ice Palace, the Aaniin Community Centre in Markham, and Canada’s Wonderland drive-through are expected to reopen next week.

All other clinics continue to run at full speed, seven days a week.

On Tuesday, Halton Region also announced it’s expanding its vaccination eligibility criteria to seniors as young as 65.

Residents 65 and older can book their vaccine appointment starting Wednesday at 8:30 a.m.

Other groups remain eligible.

The following locations will offer a vaccine for those 65-and-over:

Compass Point Bible Church in Burlington
FirstOntario Arts Centre in Milton
Gellert Community Centre in Halton
Joseph Brant Hospital in Burlington
Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital in Oakville
St. Volodymyr Cultural Centre in Oakville

Residents can book their shots at