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 June 7, 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 

Current eligibility for first dose vaccine appointments

People age 12 and above are all now eligible to their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. A full list of people who are currently eligible to book vaccine appointments is available by selecting the "Vaccine Eligibility" tab here

To book an appointment at one of our 9 City-run immunization clinics please visit: https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/

People in Toronto who are 12 years of age and above may also now book a vaccination at participating pharmacies, as part of the Ontario Government’s Pharmacy Program. More at: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/vaccine-locations

People can also book an appointment directly through our hospital and health care partners, at one of their clinics. To learn more, visit: https://vaccineto.ca/

 

Current eligibility for second dose vaccine appointments 

 The following people can now book or move up (accelerate) their second dose appointments: 

  • People who are 70 years of age and older in 2021
  • Anyone who received their first dose between March 8 and April 18
  • First Nations, Inuit and Métis individuals, including non-Indigenous partners and household members
  • Certain high-risk health care workers Opens in new window
  • Certain people with health conditions PDF

 

How to book or move up your second dose appointment

When you are eligible for an accelerated second dose, you are encouraged to book at the same location where you received your first dose.

Depending on which vaccine you received, you may also be able to book at another location:

  • If you received Pfizer or Moderna for your first dose, you can book your second dose at one of our City-run clinics through the provincial booking system Opens in new windowor at a participating pharmacy Opens in new window 
  • If you received AstraZeneca for your first dose, you can choose to either receive a second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine, or an mRNA (Pfizer or Moderna) vaccine for your second dose. Both second-dose options are safe and provide strong protection against COVID-19 and will count as a completed series. You will be eligible to receive your second dose at the recommended 12-week interval. If you would like a second dose of AstraZeneca, you can book your appointment by contacting the pharmacy or primary care provider where you received your first dose. If you would like Pfizer or Moderna for your second dose, you can book at a City immunization through the provincial booking system Opens in new window

Many hospitals are contacting people who received their first dose at hospital or pop-up clinics to book their second dose as they become eligible. Please check your email (including your junk mail folder) and the phone number you provided when you booked or received your first dose.

If you already have a second dose appointment booked, you can choose to keep your current second dose appointment. If you book a second dose appointment at a different location, please make sure to cancel the other appointment so it can be made available to someone else.

More information is available at the following link, under the  "Booking Your Second Dose" section: https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/covid-19-protect-yourself-others/covid-19-vaccines/covid-19-how-to-get-vaccinated/

 

How to Book if you don't have an OHIP Card

The City of Toronto has partnered with a number of community agencies to help people without an OHIP card book COVID-19 vaccine appointments at our City-run clinics.

People without OHIP cards can get assistance booking a vaccination appointment at a City-operated immunization clinic by contacting the following three intake partners:

Access Alliance

  • Telephone: 416-760-8677
    • Monday, Tuesday, Friday: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    • Wednesday: 1 to 4:30 p.m.
    • Thursday: 12:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Phone interpretation services are available as needed.

Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture

  • Telephone: 416-306-4319 (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday: 1 to 5 p.m.)
  • Phone interpretation services are available as needed.

FCJ Refugee Centre

  • Telephone: 416-469-9754 ext. 230 and 232; WhatsApp: 437-217-3786 (Monday to Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Phone interpretation services are available as needed.

Adam House, Matthew House, Romero House and Sojourn House will provide booking support to their clients and also help support people who call through the three intake partners, as required.

More information is available here. 

 

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: 

The Federal Government’s webpage on COVID-19 vaccines 

The Province of Ontario’s webpage on COVID-19 vaccines 

The City of Toronto’s webpage on COVID-19 vaccines