COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Updates - May 2

Dear friends,

Vaccines are how we will finally end this pandemic. That’s why our number one priority continues to be to get vaccines in the arms of our most vulnerable neighbours as quickly as possible.

We’re making significant progress and the light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter. This weekend, we reached another milestone of vaccinating 40% of adults in Toronto -- more than 1 million people. 

With the supply of vaccine doses expected to increase significantly this month, the Ontario Government has announced changes to vaccine eligibility. Starting tomorrow morning, anyone age 18 or older that lives in one of the Province’s 53 hot spot postal code areas will be able to book a vaccine appointment online. In Ward 10, these postal code areas are: M5V, M6K, and M5A. Please see my update below for more details.

This positive news comes at a challenging time for so many in our city. The hard work is not over yet, but we will get through this.

Stay safe, and please get vaccinated when you are eligible.

Joe


Changes to Vaccine Eligibility

The Province of Ontario has announced important changes to vaccine eligibility taking effect this week.

As vaccine supply increases, 50% of doses are being targeted for hot spot neighbourhoods that have been hit hardest by the pandemic. These changes mean that we will be able to get even more vaccines to the people at greatest risk.

NEW: All People 18+ Are Eligible in Hot Spot Postal Code Areas - Monday 

People who are age 18 or older in 2021 *and* who live in one of the 53 “hot spot” postal codes determined by the Province of Ontario will be able to book a vaccine appointment at City of Toronto clinics using the Provincial booking system starting at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, May 3.

In Ward 10, eligible hot spot postal codes begin with these three letters: M5V, M6K, and M5A.

Visit toronto.ca/covid-19 to book an appointment beginning Monday morning. 

NEW: All Toronto Residents Age 50+ Are Eligible - Thursday 

All Torontonians who are age 50 or older in 2021 will be able to book a vaccine appointment at City of Toronto clinics using the Provincial booking system starting on Thursday, May 6, regardless of what postal code area you live in. 

Visit toronto.ca/covid-19 to book an appointment beginning Thursday. 

People Who Are Currently Eligible to Book Vaccination Appointments: 

  • Anyone age 55 and older living in any part of Toronto can currently book a vaccination appointment at a City of Toronto clinic online or by phone.
  • People age 45 and up who live in one of the 53 "hot spot" postal code areas determined by the Province can currently register for their vaccination at a City of Toronto clinic online or by phone. In Ward 10, the "hot spot" postal code areas are: M5V, M6K, and M5A.
  • Additional groups of people who are currently eligible to book vaccinations at City of Toronto clinics but must call the Province’s registration call centre at 1-833-943-3900 to make an appointment include: 
    • Anyone who is pregnant
    • Elementary or secondary education workers living *or* working in one of the 53 provincial hot spots in Toronto
    • Elementary or secondary education workers supporting students with special education needs
    • Early Childhood Educators and licenced child care workers
  • Finally, all Torontonians age 40 and above can currently book a vaccine appointment through the Province’s Pharmacy Program by contacting a participating pharmacy, regardless of what neighbourhood you live in. A list of participating pharmacies can be found here: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/vaccine-locations

Anticipated Eligibility Changes Looking Forward

The Province has released plans for how vaccine eligibility is expected to continue to expand over the coming weeks. If vaccine supplies increase as expected, the Province hopes to continue to lower the age limit so that anyone in Ontario age 18 and up can book an appointment beginning May 24. 

You can view the Province’s planned schedule here.

The City of Toronto will continue to work actively with the Province to plan for, and communicate, further changes as they are confirmed and come into effect. I will share updates as we learn more. 

 

The Team Toronto vaccination network includes our City-run clinics and hundreds of others operated by hospitals, pharmacies and other healthcare and community partners. The full list of eligible groups with information on how to register for appointments at the various Team Toronto clinics is available on the City’s COVID-19: How to Get Vaccinated webpage.

 

 

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