Last updated: January 19, 2022 at 9:58 a.m.

Vaccines help protect us against COVID-19. They enhance the body’s natural ability to fight infections. Protect yourself, your loved ones, and your community by getting vaccinated.

There are many benefits of being fully vaccinated, including:

  • Protecting you and those around you from the COVID-19 infection, that could lead to severe illness, hospitalization and death
  • Helping you feel more comfortable returning to work, school, sports and activities you enjoy
  • Permitting you to participate in activities and enter certain non-essential businesses and organizations that must follow the Letter of Instruction or require proof of vaccination
  • Possible exemption from quarantine after travelling internationally

At this time we must continue practicing public health measures to protect our community. Continue to keep your distance, wear a mask in indoor public places, wash your hands frequently and stay home when sick.

Text “VACCINE” to 1-833-750-0888 for information about vaccines and how to get vaccinated.

In Ontario, you are considered fully vaccinated if 14 days have passed since you have received one of the following:

  • The full series of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by Health Canada, or any combination of such vaccines
  • One or two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada, followed by one dose of a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine authorized by Health Canada, or
  • Three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada

At this time, third doses are not mandatory and will not be required for vaccine passports.

See information on getting an additional dose if you received a vaccine outside of Ontario/Canada.

While the vaccine will protect each of us individually, a goal of a vaccine program is to immunize the majority of the community so that we can reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Community immunity protects those who can’t get vaccinations like newborn babies and those with weak immune systems like the elderly. It is another way to protect others by reducing virus spread.

Download the community immunity infographic.

Upcoming Webinars

COVID-19 Update Session for Community Organizations

Public health guidance has been updated in response to the Omicron variant. Toronto Public Health invites staff and volunteers from community organizations across Toronto to attend a webinar that will cover updated information about:

  • Vaccine booster doses
  • Face masks and other prevention measures
  • COVID-19 testing
  • Self-isolation requirements

This session will be presented by Dr. Vinita Dubey, Associate Medical Officer of Health, and includes a question and answer period.

No registration required:

  • Thursday, January 20, 2022 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    • Join online or join by telephone:
      • 416-915-6530
      • Access code: 2465 361 7656
    • Online password (if required): Toronto

Vaccine Town Halls

In December 2021, the City of Toronto’s VaxTO program hosted two Telephone Town Halls for parents and caregivers of children ages 5-11, covering an array of topics and questions from are vaccines safe to are they effective and how to get vaccinated and when.

The first town hall was on December 14 with Associate Medical Officer of Health Dr. Vinita Dubey and Sick Kids paediatrician Dr. Julia Orkin. Over 50,000 Torontonians tuned in throughout the 90-minute town hall. Sixty-one per cent said they left the town hall with more knowledge to make their decision.

The second town hall was on December 18 with Associate Medical Officer of Health Dr. Shovita Padhi and Sick Kids’ Infectious Diseases division head Dr. Upton Allen.

Past Webinars

COVID-19 Update Session for Community Organizations

The first session of “COVID-19 Updates Session for Community Organizations” took place on January 18, 2022. Watch the replay from January 18.

COVID-19 Vaccines & Children: A Webinar for Parents & Guardians

The first session of “COVID-19 Vaccines & Children: A Webinar for Parents & Guardians” took place on November 9, 2021. Watch the replay from November 9.

The second session of “COVID-19 Vaccines & Children: A Webinar for Parents & Guardians” took place on November 15, 2021. Watch the replay from November 15.

The third session of “COVID-19 Vaccines & Children: A Webinar for Parents & Guardians” took place on November 25, 2021. Watch the replay from November 25.

The fourth session of “COVID-19 Vaccines & Children: A Webinar for Parents & Guardians” took place on November 30, 2021. Watch the replay from November 30.

The fifth session of “COVID-19 Vaccines & Children: A Webinar for Parents & Guardians” took place on December 2, 2021. Watch the replay from December 2.

COVID-19 Faith Leaders’ Virtual Forum

The first session of “Faith Leaders COVID-19 Virtual Forum” took place on November 25, 2021. Watch the replay from November 25.

COVID-19 Webinar: Omicron VOC and End-of-Year Planning for Post-Secondary Institution

This session took place on Wednesday, December 15, 2021. Watch the replay from December 15 and view the slides.