COVID-19 Vaccine Prioritization
The Ministry of Health, through the guidance of the provincial COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force, directs allocation of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Update: The COVID-19 Vaccine Prioritization Advisory Committee has voluntarily disbanded and will reconvene should the need arise.
On April 29, 2021, the Ministry of Health released an update to Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccination plan. The updated plan outlined a Phase 2 schedule for COVID-19 vaccine booking eligibility and provided additional clarity regarding eligible groups. Given this additional direction, the need for regional prioritization has waned.
Read the May 5, 2021 update from the Vaccine Prioritization Advisory Committee. This will be the final memo from the committee.
Please note: The COVID-19 Vaccine Prioritization Advisory Committee has voluntarily disbanded and will reconvene should the need arise. On April 29, 2021, the Ministry of Health released an update to Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccination plan. The updated plan outlined a Phase 2 schedule for COVID-19 vaccine booking eligibility and provided additional clarity regarding eligible groups. Given this additional direction, the need for regional prioritization has waned.
Updates from the COVID-19 Vaccine Prioritization Advisory Committee
- May 5, 2021
The COVID-19 Vaccine Prioritization Advisory Committee has voluntarily disbanded and will reconvene should the need arise. This will be the final memo from the committee.
- April 28, 2021
- April 21, 2021
- April 14, 2021
- April 7, 2021
- March 31, 2021
- March 24, 2021
- March 17, 2021
- March 10, 2021
- March 3, 2021
- March 1, 2021
- February 17, 2021
- February 10, 2021
- February 2, 2021
- January 27, 2021
- January 20, 2021
- January 13, 2021
Terms of Reference
An equitable and risk-based prioritization of recipients of the COVID-19 vaccine in the Huron Perth Public Health, Middlesex-London Health Unit, and Southwestern Public Health regions.
Within the provincial government’s Ontario’s Vaccine Distribution Implementation Plan and considering vaccine supply, determine the regional prioritization of recipients of the COVID-19 vaccine using the ethical framework described by the federal and provincial government.
The province has outlined a three-phased vaccination plan for the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. These phases represent a system of prioritization based on the objective of minimizing severe outcomes/death associated with COVID-19. That is, the best available evidence and expert opinion suggests that by working in this order of priority, Ontario will be able to limit severe outcomes and death from COVID-19 more than if the vaccine was distributed in any other order. This plan was influenced by the National Advisory Council on Immunization (NACI) which publicly outlines this rationale.
Unfortunately, within the province’s first phase, there is insufficient vaccine to immediately vaccinate all eligible individuals. To address this gap, the province has entrusted local public health units to further prioritize within groups eligible in Phase 1. The province has provided two documents that support this additional prioritization:
- Ethical framework for COVID-19 vaccine distribution
- Guidance for Prioritizing Health Care Workers for COVID-19 Vaccination
The public health units will continue to follow the direction of NACI and the Province in prioritizing only when there are evidence-based reasons to believe it will positively affect the goal of minimizing severe outcomes/death associated with COVID-19. If there is no evidence-based reason to believe that prioritizing one group over another will positively affect this objective, an orderly sequencing process will be used that ensures everyone (of equal priority) has equal access to the vaccine in a given period of time. Depending on availability of vaccine, this may include a process of randomization.
Composition and Membership:
The membership of the committee is intended to be reflective of relevant populations within the region. It does not aim to represent professions or professional groups.
|Dr. Miriam Klassen||Huron Perth Public Health||Medical Officer of Health|
|Dr. Alex Summers||Middlesex-London Health Unit||Associate Medical Officer of Health - Chair|
|Dr. Joyce Lock||Southwestern Public Health||Medical Officer of Health|
|Dr. Scott McKay||London Health Sciences Centre||Family Physician, Medical Director, Western Fair Agriplex Clinic|
|Dr. Gord Schacter||London Middlesex Primary Care Alliance||Family Physician, London Middlesex Pandemic Clinical Lead|
|Dr. Paul Gill||Huron Perth & Area OHT||Family Physician, South West Primary Care COVID Response Co-Chair, Huron Perth Pandemic Lead|
|Dr. Michael Silverman||St. Joseph’s Hospital||Infectious disease physician|
|Jody Paget||Middlesex-London Health Unit||Manager, Vaccine Preventable Diseases|
|Rob Sibbald||London Health Sciences Centre, Western University||Director, Ethics, Patient Experience, Health Equity, Indigenous Liaison|
|April Mullen||London Health Sciences Centre||Director, Western Fair Agriplex COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic|
Last modified on: May 5, 2021