News Release
May 5, 2021

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 measures to stop the third wave of the pandemic and the Team Toronto effort to vaccinate people as quickly as possible.

The City’s ability to offer first dose vaccination appointments and administer vaccine at City-operated immunization clinics is dependent on vaccine supply from the Province of Ontario and the Government of Canada. Since expanding eligibility to anyone 18 and older from a hot spot postal code on Monday morning, 223,817 people have booked vaccination appointments for City-operated immunization clinics. Based on current supply, as of noon today, all City-operated clinics are fully booked or very close to fully booked from today until June 6:

  • For the remainder of this week, clinics are 99 per cent booked
  • For the week of May 10, clinics are 93 per cent booked
  • For the week of May 17, clinics are 97 per cent booked
  • For the week of May 24, clinics are 95 per cent booked
  • For the week of May 31, clinics are 96 per cent booked

Tomorrow morning, 60,000 vaccination appointments for City-operated clinics between June 7 and 13 will open in the provincial booking system. As additional vaccine is provided to the City, the City Immunization Task Force is ready to expand clinic operations to match.

As of 8 a.m. tomorrow morning, new groups will also be eligible to book appointments through the provincial booking system for vaccination appointments at City-operated immunization clinics:

These new groups join existing eligible individuals:

  • People age 18 or older living in any of the 53 provincial hot spot postal codes
  • People age 55 and older
  • People who are pregnant
  • People with highest-risk health conditions
  • Elementary and secondary education workers living or working in any of the 53 provincial hot spot postal codes or supporting students with special education needs (booking by phone only)
  • Child care workers working in licensed child care settings (booking by phone only)

Information about highest- and high-risk health conditions and professions in Group One can be found in Ontario’s COVID-19 Vaccination Plan.

Appointments for City-operated clinics can be booked by eligible individuals through the dark blue “Book a Vaccine” button on or by calling the provincial vaccine booking line at 1-833-943-3900. Those eligible will be able to view and select from available appointment times at a City-operated clinic:

  1. Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front St. W., North Building, top of the ramp at Front and John Streets
  2. Toronto Congress Centre, 650 Dixon Rd.
  3. Scarborough Town Centre, 300 Borough Dr. (in the old Sears store)
  4. Malvern Community Recreation Centre, 30 Sewells Rd.
  5. Mitchell Field Arena, 89 Church Ave. (west side of the complex)
  6. The Hangar, 75 Carl Hall Rd.
  7. Cloverdale Mall, 250 The East Mall (in the old Target store)
  8. North Toronto Memorial Community Centre, 200 Eglinton Ave. W.
  9. Carmine Stefano Community Centre, 3100 Weston Rd.

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. Those seeking a vaccine appointment are also encouraged to register and check availability with healthcare partners through, local pharmacies or healthcare providers.

There are 991 new cases of COVID-19 in Toronto today. Since the start of the pandemic there have been a total of 153,124 cases of COVID-19. There are 1,162 people hospitalized. To date, there have been 3,138 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. In total, 137,880 people have recovered. Case status data can be found on the Toronto Public Health’s reporting dashboard.

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.

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.

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