News Release
August 18, 2021

The City of Toronto and Team Toronto vaccination partners continue to make getting vaccinated against COVID-19 as easy as possible. All people born in 2009 or earlier needing a first or second dose of COVID-19 vaccine are urged to get vaccinated immediately and join the more than 81 per cent of eligible Torontonians who have initiated vaccination.

Toronto Public Health is reporting 159 new cases of COVID-19 in Toronto today. Since the start of the pandemic, there have been a total of 172,498 cases of COVID-19. There are 22 people hospitalized. To date, there have been 3,617 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. In total, 167,6 621 people have recovered. COVID-19 case status data can be found on Toronto Public Health’s reporting dashboard.

Yesterday, the Province of Ontario announced that youth who are not yet 12 years old but were born in 2009 and will turn 12 later this year can be vaccinated immediately, rather than waiting for their birthday. City-run immunization clinics continue to vaccinate eligible people – including newly-eligible youth – who walk in without an appointment from noon to 7 p.m. every day. Information on the many ways to get vaccinated immediately is on the City’s COVID-19: How to Get Vaccinated webpage.

While vaccination progress continues, all people in the city are urged to continue to follow public health measures, including staying home when sick, practising physical distancing and wearing a mask when physical distancing is not possible. Residents who exhibit any COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has had COVID-19 should get tested as soon as possible. Information on how to get tested is on the City’s COVID-19 Testing webpage.

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