The City of Toronto and Team Toronto vaccination partners continue to urge everyone to get vaccinated against COVID-19, including a second dose. The sooner everyone is fully protected with two vaccine doses, the sooner we can continue opening the city up and getting back to all the things Torontonians love.
More than 44,000 vaccine appointments are available in the provincial booking system for City-operated clinics this week.
Everyone age 12 and older is eligible to book a first dose or an accelerated second dose. People with a scheduled second dose appointment later in the summer should reschedule for as soon as possible to ensure they are protecting themselves and the wider community against the Delta variant. Appointments for City-run immunization clinics can be booked by residents through the dark blue “Book a Vaccine” button on City’s COVID-19 webpage or by calling the provincial vaccine booking line at 1-833-943-3900.
Anyone with an existing appointment at a hospital or other vaccination partner clinic who is now booking an earlier appointment at a City-run clinic or unable to attend their appointment is urged to cancel the existing appointment by contacting the partner clinic directly. Cancelling unneeded appointments lets someone else book that slot and access vaccine that will protect them, their friends and family.
To easily connect to resources including vaccine appointment bookings, information on vaccines and upcoming telephone town halls, Toronto residents can text “VACCINE” to 1-833-750-0888 or 833-750-0888 for more information.
To protect our community, our health system and quicken our reopening, everyone must do their part and get vaccinated. Vaccination rates are a key consideration of the provincial reopening strategy and timing to move to Step Three. For Step Three reopening, provincewide vaccination coverage is required to be 70 to 80 per cent first dose and 25 per cent full vaccination in adults. Team Toronto continues to vaccinate everyone who wants a vaccine against COVID-19 as quickly as possible.
Vaccination appointments generally take less than 30 minutes from start to finish. City-run clinics are easily accessible by transit and offer free parking on-site. Clinic staff are also able to provide resources in multiple languages, or a person with a vaccination appointment can bring a support person to help with translation. More information on City-operated immunization clinic transportation options and on-site amenities is available on the City’s COVID-19: How to Get Vaccinated webpage.
“Every day we are closer to getting back to the City that we love as Torontonians step up and get vaccinated. But we need everyone to do their part. The City, along with Team Toronto, have been working hard to ensure appointments are available for anyone who needs one. This week alone, thousands of appointments are available across this city for first and second doses. I encourage residents to book their doses and get fully vaccinated this week. Every resident in Toronto has a role to play in protecting the community and putting the pandemic behind us.”
– Mayor John Tory
“We continue to make amazing progress in our vaccination efforts thanks to the tireless commitments of our Team Toronto partners and residents. Torontonians continue to roll up their sleeves to protect themselves, their loved ones and our city. Let’s keep this progress going by getting as many residents fully vaccinated as quickly as possible.”
– Dr. Eileen de Villa, Medical Officer of Health
“Vaccines are how we end this pandemic. This week, there are thousands of appointments available at our City-run immunization clinics across Toronto, for anyone age 12 and up to get their first and second shots. By getting fully vaccinated with two doses, Torontonians are helping to keep our city safe, and moving us even closer to the day when COVID-19 is finally behind us. This is how we get back to enjoying the city that we love.”
– Councillor Joe Cressy (Spadina-Fort York), Chair of the Toronto Board of Health
”Our present allocations of COVID-19 vaccine make it possible to receive either your 1st dose of vaccine or to become fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by accelerating your 2nd dose. There is an excellent opportunity to book your appointment in a city-operated clinic this week to get fully vaccinated and put COVID-19 behind us once and for all.”
– Fire Chief Matthew Pegg, General Manager of the Office of Emergency Management
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