Last updated: March 1, 2021 at 1:30 p.m.

The City will open nine COVID-19 immunization clinics when the Province provides direction and the vaccine supply is re-established.

 

The Province’s vaccination program is in Phase 1 and COVID-19 vaccines will be available to the general public in Phase 3. Details about Phase 2 and Phase 3 timing, who is eligible and the status of completed vaccinations is on the Province’s website. While vaccination is not mandatory, everyone is strongly encouraged to get vaccinated. Join your family and friends and plan to get vaccinated once vaccines become available to you.

Toronto’s Immunization Task Force

The City’s COVID-19 Immunization Task Force, which includes experts from Toronto Public Health, Toronto Fire, Toronto Paramedics Service and the Emergency Operations Centre, is actively planning to ensure the city is ready to deliver the vaccine when it is available. The Task Force is using lessons learned from our annual flu vaccine clinics and experiences from the H1N1 influenza pandemic in 2009 to inform plans. City’s plan and work with government and community partners are outlined in the City’s COVID-19 Vaccination Program Playbook.

All levels of government play important roles in delivering the COVID-19 vaccine to residents:

  • The federal government is responsible for approving vaccines as safe and effective for use and procuring them;
  • The provincial government is responsible for creating a provincial vaccination plan that includes distributing vaccines and supporting health system partners to deliver them to residents, starting with people who are most vulnerable; and
  • The City of Toronto will promote the importance of the vaccine, distribute vaccine doses and help immunize residents, investigate adverse events following immunization and share data with the Province.

Black Scientists’ Task Force on Vaccine Equity

The Black Scientists’ Task Force on Vaccine Equity was created in December 2020 as part of the TO Supports: Targeted Equity Action Plan, as a response to data that continued to show that the highest rates of COVID-19 cases and vaccine hesitancy were among Black people of African and Caribbean origins.

The Task Force was created in partnership with the TAIBU Community Health Centre, to address Black community concerns and issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic, testing and vaccines, and is one of the approaches being used to communicate, mobilize and engage communities most affected by the pandemic in order to address systemic inequities.

The Task Force, which includes many of Canada’s top Black scientists involved in key aspects of vaccine development and Black public health, will review the major concerns and issues around COVID-19 testing and levels of vaccine acceptance, and develop public health recommendations to effectively address Black community concerns. The Task Force will present a final report of its findings and recommendations to the City by April 30, 2021.

Learn more about the Black Scientists’ Task Force on Vaccine Equity:

Upcoming free virtual public town halls

The task force, in conjunction with several community organizations – including the Black Health Alliance (BHA), the Canadian Multicultural Inventors Museum and Harriet Tubman Institute, Women’s Health in Women’s Hands and TAIBU – will co-host a series of free virtual town hall meetings for Toronto’s Black communities during Black History Month and into March.

Date Topic Join Live or Watch the Recording

Saturday, February 13

2 – 5 p.m.

The Historical and Contemporary Issues of Trustworthiness vis a vis Vaccines and Medical Science that give Black People Cause for Concern Watch the recording on Facebook.

Saturday, February 20

1 – 3 p.m.

How do vaccines work? Watch the town hall recording.

Saturday, February 27

2 – 5 p.m.

Misinformation and conspiracy theories

Register

Webinar ID: 950 2003 2173

Monday, March 1

5 – 8 p.m.

Mental health problems and consequences of COVID-19

Register

Webinar ID: 930 4659 9685

Saturday, March 6

2 – 5 p.m.

Black health professional risks and resiliencies

Register

Webinar ID: 977 1066 7514