Last updated: October 25, 2021 at 7:40 a.m.

Anyone born in 2009 or earlier is eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Find out how to get vaccinated.

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

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.

Toronto’s Accessibility Task Force on COVID-19 Vaccines was established in March 2021 as part of the City’s COVID-19 Immunization Task Force outreach efforts and TO Supports: Targeted Equity Action Plan. It was formed in response to the high health risks associated with COVID-19 for people with disabilities and the need for improved information on and access to vaccination. (Read the news release and backgrounder.)

The Task Force, a collaboration between the City of Toronto, community agencies and health partners, provides advice on enhanced support and access to COVID-19 vaccines for people with disabilities. It 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 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:

COVID-19 Vaccine Engagement Teams Grants

The City’s $5.5 million COVID-19 Vaccine Engagement Teams Grants was awarded in April 2021 to more than 150 community groups and agencies.

These agencies form collaborative vaccine engagement teams that are addressing barriers to acceptance and increasing uptake of COVID-19 vaccines in communities most negatively impacted by the virus.

At least one engagement team has been established in each of the City’s ten geographic clusters, representing 140 neighbourhoods. Each team is made up of a number of local community agencies that conducts outreach and provides support to residents, aligned to the unique languages and cultures of each area.

Teams have recruited 280 Resident Ambassadors in neighbourhoods across Toronto to act as points of contact for local residents, playing a key role in building vaccine confidence. Resident Ambassadors are trusted community representatives with extensive networks and who speak languages other than English. They have been thoroughly trained on information about community engagement.

Area / Focus Agency / Lead
Black Creek Humber Summit Lumacare (lead)
Black Creek Humber Summit Elspeth Heyworth Centre for Women
Black Creek Humber Summit Belka Enrichment Centre
Black Creek Humber Summit Jane Finch Centre
Black Creek Humber Summit Delta Family Resource Centre
Black Creek Humber Summit CAFCAN
Black Creek Humber Summit Black Creek Farm
Black Creek Humber Summit ANIDA
Black Creek Humber Summit Black Creek Community Health Centre
Black Creek Humber Summit Albion Neighbourhood Services
Black Creek Humber Summit Northwood Neighbourhood Services
Black Resilience TAIBU Community Health Centre (lead)
Black Resilience BlackCAP
Black Resilience Uzima Women Relief Group
Black Resilience Sick Cell Awareness Group of Ontario
Black Resilience Margaret’s Toronto East Drop In
Black Resilience Centre Francophone du Grand Toronto
Black Resilience Scarborough Indigenous Wellness Advisory Council
Black Resilience Braids for Aids
Black Resilience Belka Enrichment Centre
Black Resilience Ghanaian Canadian Association
Black Resilience Black Health Alliance
Downtown East The 519 Community Centre (lead)
Downtown East South Asian Aids Prevention
Downtown East Focus Media Arts Centre
Downtown East Fred Victor
Downtown East Homes First
Downtown East Haven Toronto
Downtown East Inner City Health Associates
Downtown East La Passerelle
Downtown East Progress Place
Downtown East Regent Park Community Health Centre
Downtown East Sherbourne Health Centre
Downtown East Sunshine Centre for Seniors
Downtown East The Corner/HASJT
Downtown East The Salvation Army Shelters
Downtown East YMCA Greater Toronto
Downtown East Yonge Street Mission
Downtown East The Neighbourhood Group (TNG)
Downtown West Scadding Court Community Centre (Lead)
Downtown West Fort York Foodbank Parkdale
Downtown West Envangel Hall Mission
Downtown West Spadina-Fort York Community Care Program
Downtown West Parkdale Activity Recreation Centre
Downtown West Parkdale Queen West Community Health Centre
Downtown West CultureLink
Downtown West Waterfront Neighbourhood Centre
Downtown West The Neighbourhood Group (TNG)
Downtown West West Neighbourhood House
Downtown West Alexandra Park Community Centre
East York Don Valley TNO – The Neighbourhood Organization (Co-Lead)
East York Don Valley Flemingdon Health Centre
East York Don Valley Health Access Thorncliffe Park
East York Don Valley Afghan Women’s Organization
East York Don Valley East Toronto Family Practice Network
East York Don Valley East Toronto Health Partners
East York Don Valley Toronto Community Housing
East York Don Valley Youth Leaders of East York
East York Don Valley Thorncliffe Park Parenting Group
East York Don Valley Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services (Co-Lead)
East York Don Valley Afghan Women’s Organization
East York Don Valley Bangladeshi-Canadian Community Services
East York Don Valley The Neighbourhood Group (TNG)
East York Don Valley TNO – The Neighbourhood Organization
East York Don Valley Woodgreen
East York Don Valley Working Women Community Centre
East York Don Valley Toronto Community Housing
East York Don Valley East Toronto Health Partners
Newcomer FCJ Refugee Centre (Co-lead)
Newcomer Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture
Newcomer Toronto South Local Immigration Partnership
Newcomer Christie Refugee Welcome Centre
Newcomer Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services
Newcomer Sojourn House
Newcomer Romero House
Newcomer Adam House
Newcomer Centre Francophone du Grand Toronto
Newcomer Matthew House
Newcomer Jane Finch Centre (Co-lead)
Newcomer YMCA of Greater Toronto
Newcomer Polycultural Immigrant and Community Services
Newcomer Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services
Newcomer Afro-Carib Immigration Settlement Centre
Newcomer Belka Enrichment Centre
Newcomer Centre Francophone du Grand Toronto
Newcomer The Arab Community Centre of Toronto
North Etobicoke Rexdale Community Health Centre (lead)
North Etobicoke Albion Neighbourhood Services
North Etobicoke Breaburn Neighbourhood Services
North Etobicoke Delta Family Resource Centre
North Etobicoke Ghanaian Canadian Association
North Etobicoke Rexdale Community Hub
North Etobicoke Rexdale Women’s Centre
North Etobicoke Somali Canadian Association
North Etobicoke Somali Women and Children
North Scarborough Agincourt Community Services Association (lead)
North Scarborough Malvern Family Resource Centre
North Scarborough SEAS Centre
North Scarborough Tamil Canadian Centre for Civic Action
North Scarborough North American Muslim Foundation
North Scarborough 42 Voices
North Scarborough Tropicana Community Services
North Scarborough The Canadian Centre for Refugee and Immigrant Health Care
North Scarborough Carefirst
North Scarborough Toronto East Quadrant Local Immigration Partnership
North Scarborough Centre for Immigrant and Community Services
North York North York Community House (lead)
North York Working Women Community Centre
North York Lawrence Heights Inter-Organizational Network
North York Lawrence Heights Parents Association
North York Unison Health and Community Centre
North York Bathurst Finch Food Coalition
North York Flemingdon Health Centre
North York Filipino Canadian Community House
North York Vibrant Healthcare Alliance
North York Damavand Seniors Persian Group
North York The People’s Church
North York Toronto Community Housing
North York Oriole Food Space
North York Friends of Parkway Forest Residents Group
North York Henry Farm Community Residents Group
North York Forest Manor Residents Group
North York North York Toronto Health Partners
South Etobicoke Lakeshore Area Multi-Service Project (LAMP) (lead)
South Etobicoke Arab Community Centre
South Etobicoke Dorothy Ley Hospice
South Etobicoke Etobicoke Centre for Seniors
South Etobicoke Humber College
South Etobicoke LAMP Community Health Centre
South Etobicoke Mabelle Arts
South Etobicoke Stonegate Community Health Centre
South Etobicoke Storefront Humber
South Etobicoke Tibetan Canadian Cultural Centre
South Etobicoke Women’s Habitat
South Scarborough Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities (lead)
South Scarborough Agincourt Community Services Association
South Scarborough Working Women Community Centre
South Scarborough Settlement Assistance and Family Support Services
South Scarborough East Scarborough Storefront
South Scarborough Carefirst
South Scarborough Save Toronto Carnival
South Scarborough Canadian Centre for Immigrant and Refugee Health Care
South Scarborough Feed Scarborough
South Scarborough The Housing Help Centre
York Weston Pelham Syme Woolner Neighbourhood and Family Centre (lead)
York Weston Pelham Jane Alliance Neighbourhood Centre
York Weston Pelham Shakespeare in Action
York Weston Pelham Abrigo Centre
York Weston Pelham Progress Place Hub
York Weston Pelham Macaulay Child Development Centre
York Weston Pelham Urban Arts
York Weston Pelham Frontlines Youth
York Weston Pelham York Fairbank Centre for Seniors
York Weston Pelham York Hispanic Centre
York Weston Pelham Weston King Neighbourhood Centre

The Toronto Youth Vaccine Engagement Strategy was launched in June 2021 to establish youth-targeted equity engagement and mobilization actions, and encourage and enable COVID-19 vaccine uptake among vulnerable youth in communities disproportionally affected by COVID-19.

The Strategy is a part of the City’s Vaccine Engagement and Mobilization Plan and is a partnership between the City of Toronto and the Toronto Youth Cabinet.

A key aspect of the Strategy is the Toronto Youth Vaccine Engagement Advisory Committee, which is a youth-led group made up members of the Toronto Youth Cabinet and other youth leads. The Advisory Committee works with youth-focused groups in the city to ensure engagement tactics and outreach focus on youth with a youth-friendly lens.

Read the News Release.

Toronto Vaccine Day at Scotiabank Arena: June 27, 2021

Thank you, Toronto! Toronto Vaccine Day set a record with close to 27,000 vaccine doses.

On June 27, a total of 26,771 Torontonians joined the City of Toronto and Team Toronto vaccination partners at the Toronto Vaccine Day “Our Winning Shot” clinic at Scotiabank Arena. The total COVID-19 vaccine doses administered are believed to be a new world record for most one-day COVID-19 vaccinations given at a single clinic.

Key Facts

Total vaccines administered: 26,771

Total adults vaccinated: 25,476
Total youth vaccinated: 1,295
First doses: 981
Second Doses: 25,793

Records Set:

  • At 2:21 p.m., the clinic surpassed the Canadian record of 10,470 vaccinations given at a single clinic in one day.
  • At 4:58 p.m., the “Our Winning Shot” clinic surpassed the North American record of 17,003 doses by one clinic in a single day.

About the Event and Partners

People attending the clinic were entertained by Kiss 92.5’s DJ Clymaxxx and Breakfast Television’s Devo Brown, with visits from Carlton the Bear and the Raptor. Fifty lucky vaccine recipients – one every 30 minutes – also won Toronto Maple Leaf or Toronto Raptor tickets for an upcoming game.

The “Our Winning Shot” clinic was made possible through a partnership between the City, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE), Scotiabank, University Health Network and Michael Garron Hospital. All partners want to thank the nearly 1,500 staff and volunteers that made the day a historic success.

Read the news release.

Days of Vaxtion Pop-up Clinics: Sept. 16-19, 2021

Team Toronto delivered a city-wide series of pop-up vaccination clinics for first and second doses from Thursday, September 16 to Sunday, September 19, 2021.

Data shows that unvaccinated individuals are seven times more likely to become infected with COVID-19. Receiving two vaccine doses provides the best protection against the Delta variant, severe illness and outcomes.

Days of Vaxtion partners include Toronto Public Health, the TTC, Black Creek Humber Summit, Humber River Hospital, Michael Garron Hospital, North York General Hospital, Sherbourne Health, Unity Health, Scarborough Health Team and other community partners.

Read the news release.

Shop and Vax Clinics: Sept. 25-26, 2021

#ShopAndVax was a focused initiative to bring COVID-19 vaccines to local shopping centres.

The campaign was part of Team Toronto’s efforts to make COVID-19 vaccines as accessible as possible and to bring vaccines to where residents live, work and play.

The City of Toronto partnered with Toronto Public Health, University Health Network, along with Cadillac Fairview Corp. Ltd. and Oxford Properties Group to hold a number of mobile clinics to support a low-barrier access for residents to get their first or second COVID-19 vaccine dose.

Read the news release.

Vax25 Clinics: Oct. 2, 2021

On Saturday, October 2, 2021, Toronto residents born in 2009 or before were invited to get their first or second COVID-19 vaccine dose in their own neighbourhood. #Vax25 featured 37 vaccine clinics, with at least one clinic in each of the City’s 25 wards.

Read the news release.

VaxGiving Clinics: Oct. 6-15, 2021

VaxGiving was one of the City of Toronto’s campaigns to encourage residents to get vaccinated against COVID-19. VaxGiving took place October 6-15, with vaccination clinics offered over the Thanksgiving long weekend. The City promoted clinics at TTC stations, malls, schools, community centres and libraries – places Torontonians live, work and play – open to anyone who needed a first or second dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

Read the news release.

Shop and Vax 2.0 Clinics: Oct. 16-17, 2021

Shop And Vax 2.0 brought COVID-19 vaccine clinics to local shopping centres and pharmacies on Saturday, October 16 and Sunday, October 17. This campaign expanded on the first Shop And Vax, held in late September, by featuring pop-up clinics in local plazas and malls.

Shop And Vax 2.0 – which highlighted 24 clinics in malls and plazas across the city – was part of Team Toronto’s continued efforts to make COVID-19 vaccines as accessible as possible and to bring vaccines to where residents live, work and play.

Read the news release.

VaxInTheSix Clinics: Oct. 21-23, 2021

Vaccine walk-in clinics were open at six subway stations from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. from Thursday, October 21 to Saturday, October 23.

Locations:

  1. Bathurst station (819 Bathurst Street)
  2. Finch West station (3950 Keele Street)
  3. Islington station (1226 Islington Avenue)
  4. Kennedy station (2455 Eglinton Avenue East)
  5. St. Clair West station (370 St. Clair Avenue West)
  6. Union station (65 Front Street West)

Read the news release.