News Release
August 16, 2021

Toronto Public Health is reporting that, since May 1, 98.7 per cent of hospitalized COVID-19 cases with known vaccination status were not fully vaccinated. Fully vaccinated people have greater protection against COVID-19 than unvaccinated people, including against the Delta variant.

Today, Mayor John Tory and Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa visited a youth-focused pop-up clinic at Albion Mall in Etobicoke. Mayor Tory and Dr. de Villa urged everyone who is not yet fully vaccinated – particularly youth heading back to school in-person this fall – to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

Toronto Public Health is reporting 371 new cases of COVID-19 in Toronto since August 13 – a daily average of 124 new cases. Since the start of the pandemic, there have been a total of 172,243 cases of COVID-19. There are 17 people hospitalized. To date, there have been 3,616 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. In total, 167,445 people have recovered. COVID-19 case status data can be found on Toronto Public Health’s reporting dashboard.

Starting this Friday, Toronto Public Health will be updating information on the total vaccine doses delivered in Toronto on Tuesdays and Fridays by 9:30 a.m.

Currently in Toronto, 74.3 per cent of people age 12 and older are now fully vaccinated, having received both vital doses of COVID-19 vaccine. All people age 12 and older needing a first or second dose of COVID-19 vaccine should get vaccinated immediately and join the 81.7 per cent of eligible Torontonians who have initiated vaccination.

City-run immunization clinics continue to vaccinate people who walk in without an appointment from noon to 7 p.m. daily. 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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