COVID-19 mass immunization clinics in Toronto have almost 30,000 appointments available next week for eligible seniors age 75 and older to receive their first dose of vaccine. Vaccines are safe and effective and everyone who is eligible is encouraged to book an appointment. Residents who receive their first dose of vaccine in the coming week will have their second dose by early summer and be able to enjoy beautiful summer days knowing they have protection against COVID-19.
If you are 75 or older, the time to book your appointment is now. While registrations reached 100 per cent capacity during the first week of City-run clinic operations, more bookings are available following the initial booking rush, in addition to additional clinic capacity and increased vaccine supply.
Booking an appointment
There are several options to book an appointment at a City-operated clinic or at a preferred hospital.
For those not sure which clinic location is most convenient or looking for directions, a map of vaccination options in Toronto is on the City’s COVID-19: Vaccine Clinic Locations webpage: www.toronto.ca/COVID19vaccinemap.
Getting to clinics (City-operated)
Next week, appointments at City-operated clinics for eligible residents are available at five locations:
A sixth City-operated clinic at The Hangar will open on Monday, April 5. Maps, travel directions and pictures are available for each clinic, including details about parking.
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Toronto Congress Centre
Scarborough Town Centre
Malvern Community Recreation Centre
Mitchell Field Arena
Help getting to a clinic (Vaccine Equity Transportation Plan)
On Wednesday, the City announced the Vaccine Equity Transportation Plan. The City has partnered with transportation organizations to get eligible seniors, adults with disabilities and adults who are immunocompromised to and from vaccination appointments within Toronto. The program is not fully up and running yet but does have rides available next week. To book a ride contact:
Additional details about eligibility, how to book and transportation options are all on the City’s COVID-19 webpages: www.toronto.ca/covid-19.
The City is also urging Torontonians to help and encourage their eligible friends, family and neighbours to book an appointment. Anyone who is able can help the eligible seniors in their life by letting them know they can book vaccination appointments, helping them access the online booking system on www.toronto.ca/covid-19 or the Provincial Vaccine Information Line at 1-888-999-6488 (TTY 1-866-797-0007) and driving, accompanying or arranging transportation to their appointment. When attending an appointment, eligible seniors can bring someone to assist them – whether with transportation, mobility, translation or any other need. The person attending to help the eligible individual will be screened for symptoms upon arrival.
As Toronto continues the rollout of mass immunization, to reduce and eliminate the transmission of COVID-19, protect the healthcare system and save lives, the City continues to urge all residents to stay home as much as possible to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Please review the City’s simple “Dos” and “Don’ts” guide for recommended and mandatory public health measures under provincial regulations and City bylaws: https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/covid-19-reopening-recovery-rebuild/covid-19-guide-for-toronto-residents-grey/.
“The message right now is simple. If you’re eligible: Please get vaccinated. The vaccine will keep you safe and help protect your loved ones. We are working with our healthcare partners to get everyone vaccinated as quickly as supply allows. We are letting people know these appointments are available so they don’t hesitate to get the shot right now. I encourage people to check with their family, friends and loved ones who are eligible to help them register and get vaccinated. Our Team Toronto effort is leading the province in getting people vaccinated and we need to keep that progress going until everyone who wants a vaccine has the opportunity to get one.”
– Mayor John Tory
“As supply increases, we are continuing to scale up our efforts to provide every Torontonian in every corner of our city with access to COVID-19 vaccines. That includes the number of appointments at our mass immunization clinics and hospital partner clinics. It also includes ramping up outreach to people who are eligible for the vaccine through partnerships with community organizations, housing providers, and the Toronto Public Library. Vaccines are how we end this pandemic. As more Torontonians sign up to get their shot, we get increasingly closer to the day when this is all behind us.”
– Councillor Joe Cressy (Spadina-Fort York), Chair of the Board of Health
“We’ve advocated strongly for vaccine supply for Toronto residents, particularly for those who are at high risk of developing serious illness. I cannot stress this enough: if you are eligible for vaccination, book your appointment as soon as possible. Don’t wait. If you are a Toronto resident who can support an eligible Torontonian to receive their vaccine, reach out now. Help in any way you can including navigating the booking process and ensuring safe travel to the vaccination appointment. If you have questions about any of the available COVID-19 vaccinations in Toronto, visit www.toronto.ca/covid19, call Toronto Public Health, or speak to your doctor or health care provider.”
– Dr. Eileen de Villa, Medical Officer of Health
“There is no better opportunity for those 75 years of age and older to get vaccinated against COVID-19 than right now. Please book your appointment today and let’s put COVID-19 behind us once and for all.”
– Chief Matthew Pegg, General Manager of the Office of Emergency Management
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