Last updated: February 10, 2021 at 2:00 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.

The COVID-19 vaccines will be available to the general public in Phase 3.

There is a limited supply of vaccines available in Ontario at this time. The provincial government has a three phase plan to distribute vaccines starting with health care workers in hospitals and long-term care homes. The priority is protecting people who are vulnerable to severe illness and death from COVID-19, and reducing the spread to high-risk populations.

As more vaccines arrive, the vaccination program will be expanded. Visit the Government of Ontario website for more information on the COVID-19 vaccine rollout.

While vaccination is not mandatory, everyone is strongly encouraged to get vaccinated.

Toronto Public Health is currently not booking COVID-19 vaccination appointments for the general public. This information will be posted when available.

The vaccine is free and accessible to everyone in Ontario. For people without a health card, government-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license, passport, Status Card, etc., can be used. The City of Toronto  is working with partners to determine how those without proper identification can still receive the vaccination and have it documented in the provincial COVID-19 immunization registry (COVAX).

The Pfizer vaccine is licensed for use in people 16 years of age and older, including seniors. The Moderna vaccine is licensed for use in people 18 years of age and older.

Consult with your health care provider, if you:

  • are younger than 16 years of age (but between 12 to 15 years old);
  • are pregnant, want to become pregnant soon after vaccination, or breastfeeding;
  • have a autoimmune disorder or weakened immune system due to illness or treatment; or
  • have a bleeding problem, bruise easily.

Your health care provider will review the benefits and risks for your unique situation.

City-operated immunization clinics will be ready to open when the Province of Ontario provides direction and vaccine supply is re-established.

The clinic at Metro Toronto Convention Centre will reopen on February 15 and 16 to administer second doses of the vaccine to the healthcare workers who received their first dose. The clinic is not open to the public.

As requested by the Ministry of Health and the Province of Ontario’s COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Task Force, the City and Toronto Public Health established a proof-of-concept clinic to vaccinate up to 250 people from priority groups per day.

The clinic applied the Province of Ontario’s ethical framework for COVID-19 vaccine prioritization and was to be available to City of Toronto staff or those working for agencies that work in frontline shelters, including harm-reduction and Streets to Homes staff.