Updated Information on COVID-19 Vaccinations
In an effort to answer questions about COVID-19 vaccinations, my office has compiled the following update. Please note that information is evolving daily, and we will do our best to provide regular updates. This post has been recently updated, and information is current as of May 6, 2021.
Roles and responsibilities in COVID-19 vaccine rollout
When it comes to COVID-19 vaccines, we are embarking on the largest immunization effort in our country’s history. Each level of government has a role to play:
- The Government of Canada is responsible for obtaining the supply of COVID-19 vaccines.
The Government of Ontario (the Province) is responsible for setting the overall framework for vaccine distribution, and allocating vaccines across the Province. This includes:
- Setting the priority categories that determine who can access a vaccine and when
- Creating a province-wide registration system and hotline
- Distributing vaccine supply to local Public Health Units across Ontario
- The City of Toronto and Toronto Public Health are supporting the administration of the vaccine, in accordance with the Province’s framework
- Hospitals, Ontario Health teams, and other health care sector partners are assisting with the delivery and administration of vaccines. As supply increases, more pharmacists and family doctors will also be able to provide vaccines to Torontonians
Who is currently eligible to book an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine in Toronto?
As noted above, it is up to the Province of Ontario to determine which people receive the vaccine first.
A full list of people who are currently eligible to book vaccine appointments is available by selecting the "Vaccine Eligibility" tab here.
The following groups of people are currently eligible to book a vaccine appointment through the Provincial registration system at one of our City-run immunization clinics:
- People in Toronto who are 18 years of age (or who will be in 2021) AND live in a designated-COVID-19 hot-spot postal code area* (In Ward 10: M5V, M6K, and M5A)
- People in Toronto who are 50 years of age and above
- Individuals with high-risk health conditions
- People who cannot work from home who fall under Group One (including remaining elementary and secondary school workers)
- First Nations, Inuit and Métis individuals in addition to the other channels previously available to book their appointment
To book an appointment, please visit: https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/
People who are currently eligible to book a vaccine appointment, but must call the Province's call centre to book an appointment (online registration not available):
- People who are Pregnant
- Teachers who live or work in a designated-COVID-19 hot-spot postal code area
- Licensed child care workers
People in Toronto who are 40 years of age and above are also eligible to book appointments for the AstraZeneca vaccine as part of the Ontario Government’s Pharmacy Program
- To book an appointment, contact your local Pharmacy directly. To find a participating Pharmacy near you, visit: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/vaccine-locations
- Residents, staff, and essential caregivers in long term care homes and retirement homes
- Alternative level of care patients in hospitals who have a confirmed admission to a long-term care home, retirement home, or other congregate care home for seniors
- Priority health care workers
- Indigenous adults (age 16 and above)
- People living in high-risk congregate settings, including shelters
- Adult recipients of chronic home care services
How to book a vaccine appointment if you are eligible:
To book an appointment, visit: https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/
By clicking on the blue "Register" icon, you will be taken to the Province's registration system page to book an appointment.
This system allows eligible people to book an appointment at one of Toronto's immunization clinics. The following nine City-run immunization clinics are currently open:
- Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front St. W.
- Scarborough Town Centre, 300 Borough Dr.
- Toronto Congress Centre, 650 Dixon Rd.
- Malvern Community Recreation Centre, 30 Sewells Rd.
- Mitchell Field Community Centre, 89 Church Ave.
- The Hangar, 75 Carl Hall Rd.
- Cloverdale Mall, 250 The East Mall
- North Toronto Memorial Community Centre, 200 Eglinton Ave. W.
- Carmine Stefano Community Centre, 3100 Weston Rd
Residents will need to provide their provincial health card number, birthdate, postal code and email and/or mobile phone number. At the time of booking, residents will schedule their first vaccination appointment and an appointment to receive their second dose.
Toronto is partnering with FCJ Refugee Centre and Access Alliance to help people without an OHIP card book COVID-19 vaccine appointments at our City-run clinics.
The online registration system allows for a trusted person to book your vaccination appointments on your behalf. To book your appointments, the person booking on your behalf will need your:
• Government of Ontario photo health card information
• Postal code
• Email address and/or phone number
If you have further questions about the booking process, please call the Province’s call centre at 1-833-943-3900.
Mobile and pop-up clinics
Some people can get vaccinated at mobile and pop-up clinics operated by our hospital, health care and community partners. Many of these sites are first-come-first-served for eligible groups, and do not require any advance booking or registration.
Right now, mobile and pop-up clinics are being prioritized to serve the highest-risk communities. Eligible residents are being informed directly about mobile and pop-up clinic opportunities by community groups, neighbourhood organizations, and local representatives. Currently the City of Toronto has prioritized 13 highest priority areas for mobile and pop-up clinics. These areas are:
- Northwest: M9W, M9V, M9L, M9M, M9N, M6M, M3K, M3J, M3N, M3M
- Central: M4H
- East: M1J, M1G
High-risk areas have been determined by Toronto Public Health and Health Sector partners based on ongoing and historic high rates of COVID-19 transmission, hospitalization and death.
As Ward 10 neighbourhoods are not included in the above list, details on pop-up/mobile clinics for Ward 10 are not yet available. I will continue to work with our Public Health and health care partners and will provide any updates as soon as they become available.
If you cannot leave your home to get a vaccine:
- If you are a homebound person (can't leave your home to receive health care or other services) and are currently receiving home care through a Primary Care Provider, Family Health Team, Home or Community Care or Community Support Services or Agencies, please contact your provider to learn whether they are able to offer in-home vaccination. Many health teams are beginning to organize or being supported to offer in-home vaccination and will begin to reach out to their patients and/or clients in the coming weeks. If your provider is not able to offer at-home vaccination, they will place your name onto a list for at-home vaccination.
- If you are a homebound person who does not have a Primary Care Provider, Family Health Team, Home or Community Care or Community Support Services, please contact the Toronto Seniors Helpline. The Toronto Seniors Helpline will be available to support homebound people who are 18-65 years old, as well as seniors. They can be contacted at 416-217-2077 or by web chat following instruction at https://torontoseniorshelpline.ca/web-chat/
Toronto’s Immunization Task Force is continuing to work with our healthcare partners, including the Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs), hospitals, and family physicians to provide options for people who cannot leave their homes. When we have more information, we will share it.
How do I learn more about the COVID-19 vaccines?
As information about the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccination plans continues to evolve, we encourage you to regularly check credible sources for updates, including the following: