The City of Toronto continues to respond to COVID-19. Today, Mayor John Tory, Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa and Fire Chief and General Manager of the Office of Emergency Management Matthew Pegg provided an update on the Team Toronto effort to vaccinate as many people in Toronto as quickly as possible.
Since the start of the pandemic there have been a total of 134,534 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 1,477 new cases today. There are 881 people hospitalized. To date, there have been 2,937 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. In total, 117,610 people have recovered. Case status data can be found on the Toronto Public Health’s reporting dashboard.
The City is working with its healthcare partners, pharmacies and Toronto Public Heath to administer all available COVID-19 vaccines with increasing efforts in COVID-19 hot spots. To date, more than 907,070 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in Toronto. More than 29 per cent of adults in the city have got at least their first vaccine dose – that’s almost one in three adults already with a dose of vaccine.
All people age 40 and older in Ontario are now eligible for vaccination. Vaccinations are underway at City-operated immunization clinics for residents 60 years of age and older, and residents 50 years of age or older who live in hot spots. Toronto residents 40 years of age and older can book vaccination appointments at participating pharmacies to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine. Information on how people from the various eligibility categories can register for vaccination appointments at City-run and partner clinics is available on the City’s COVID-19: How to Get Vaccinated webpage.
Anyone receiving their vaccination at a Team Toronto clinic is encouraged to spread awareness by adding the City’s pink bandage to their online profile photos. Instructions on how to add your pink bandage and participate in the #MyCOVIDvax campaign are online: toronto.ca/pinkbandage.
Toronto, like all Ontario municipalities, is in the Shutdown Zone of the Province’s COVID-19 response framework and subject to a provincial Stay-at-Home order. Everyone in the city should be staying home except for essential reasons such as going out for groceries or exercise and being sure to stay as close to home as possible. Please review the City’s COVID-19: Guide for Residents for information on what is and is not permitted under provincial regulations and City bylaws.
Toronto is home to more than 2.9 million people whose diversity and experiences make this great city Canada’s leading economic engine and one of the world’s most diverse and livable cities. As the fourth largest city in North America, Toronto is a global leader in technology, finance, film, music, culture and innovation, and consistently places at the top of international rankings due to investments championed by its government, residents and businesses. For more information visit the City’s website or follow us on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.