City of Toronto opens 120,000 new vaccination appointments as eligibility expands to those age 18 and older today
As of this morning, everyone ages 18 and older will be eligible to book a COVID-19 vaccination appointment at a City of Toronto immunization clinic. In the first hour this morning when the age eligibility increased to 18 years and older, 8,926 people booked a vaccine appointment at a City-run clinic.
Today, Mayor John Tory announced that to help meet the needs of the increased number of people who are now eligible, 120,000 new vaccinations appointments have now opened at City-operated immunization clinics.
As Mayor Tory indicated Monday, he has been in discussions with Premier Doug Ford and provincial officials to open up more appointments, provided there is assured vaccine supply from the other governments, in the coming weeks. Approximately 40,000 new appointments are now available to book each week for the weeks of June 14, June 21 and June 28.
The increased appointment availability is spread across the City’s nine immunization clinics:
Appointments can be booked by eligible residents through the dark blue “Book a Vaccine” button on toronto.ca/covid-19 or by calling the provincial vaccine booking line at 1-833-943-3900.
City-run clinics are part of the Team Toronto vaccination network that includes hundreds of clinics operated by hospitals, pharmacies and other healthcare and community partners. A full list of eligible groups with information on where and how to register for appointments is available on the City’s COVID-19: How to Get Vaccinated webpage: https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/covid-19-protect-yourself-others/covid-19-vaccines/covid-19-how-to-get-vaccinated/. Those seeking a vaccine appointment are also encouraged to register and check availability with healthcare partners through vaccineto.ca/, local pharmacies or healthcare providers.
For the current wave of COVID-19 in Toronto, amplified by variants of concern, staying home and following public health guidance is the best way to keep everyone safe. Please review the City’s COVID-19: Guide for Residents for public health guidance and information on what is and is not permitted under provincial regulations and City bylaws: https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/covid-19-reopening-recovery-rebuild/covid-19-guide-for-toronto-residents/.
“I’m proud to announce today that we are opening up 120,000 new appointments to help give residents 18 and older more options to get vaccinated. Thank you to Premier Ford and the Government of Ontario for working with the City of Toronto to open up these 120,000 more vaccination appointments in the City-run immunization clinics. We are committed to providing as many vaccine appointments as we can and the more doses the provincial and federal governments can provide, the more appointments we will be able to offer. I continue to encourage all residents to get vaccinated as soon as they can at any Team Toronto vaccination location so we can bring this pandemic to an end.”
– Mayor John Tory
“Our priority is to ensure that every Torontonian, in every area of the city, can quickly and easily access the COVID-19 vaccine. That’s why our City-run mass immunization clinics were designed to scale up capacity based on available supply. I want to thank the Ontario Government for providing us with a more predictable June allotment of vaccine supply, so that we can increase appointments at our clinics, and along with our Team Toronto partners, help get our city vaccinated.”
– Councillor Joe Cressy (Spadina-Fort York), Chair of the Toronto Board of Health
“New vaccination appointments mean new opportunities to protect yourself, your family, your friends and your entire community. I encourage every eligible Torontonian to get vaccinated as soon as possible.”
– Dr. Eileen de Villa, Medical Officer of Health
“The City’s Immunization Task Force is committed to ensuring that we get as many vaccines in arms, as quickly as possible. We are working tirelessly to ensure we are offering as many appointments as vaccine supply permits. I am very pleased that we have been able to open 120,000 appointments for people to receive their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, in City-operated clinics, beginning the week of June 14. I continue to urge all Toronto residents to book their vaccination appointment as soon as possible and help us beat COVID-19.”
– Chief Matthew Pegg, General Manager of the Office of Emergency Management
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