COVID Vaccine Information

Updated December 16, 2021

 

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Everyone born in 2016 or earlier is currently eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are needed to be considered fully vaccinated. A third or booster dose may be required for some individuals. The interval between the doses is dependent on the vaccine you receive as well as when you received your last dose. On December 15, 2021, the Government of Ontario expanded eligibility for a third/booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. As of December 20th, the following groups are now eligible for a third/booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine:

  • People who are immunocompromised
  • Individuals aged 18 and over (84 days after their second dose)
  • First Nations, Inuit and Métis Adults
  • Health Care Workers (see eligibility list)
  • Designated Essential Caregivers in congregate settings
  • Anyone who received a complete vaccination series of a viral vector vaccine (e.g., two doses of AstraZeneca vaccine or one dose of Janssen)

For those who are eligible, appointment bookings are available through City-run clinics, Indigenous-led vaccination clinics, hospital and community clinics, select pharmacies and primary care settings.

Third dose options

Mass immunization clinics, select pharmacies and primary care settings:

  • Eligible individuals can book their booster dose appointment through the COVID-19 vaccination portal or by calling the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900, between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. 
  • Check select pharmacies and primary care settings for availability.

The Sherbourne Health – Wellesley Community Centre and Regent Park-40 Oaks (Fred Victor) clinics also provide vaccine appointments within Ward 13. Booking is available here.

For those eligible, either mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) may be used as a third dose or booster dose, regardless of which vaccine was used for the first two doses.

A third dose is encouraged, but not mandated. It is not required for your provincial vaccine passport (only two doses are required). The priority for Ontario remains offering first and second doses to those who still need them.

If you do not have an OHIP card, or if you received a vaccine outside of Ontario/Canada, please see here.

Learn more about third doses in the City of Toronto here.

As of September 22, 2021, you must provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 and personal identification to access certain businesses and settings in Ontario. Learn more about how individuals can download their proof of vaccination, and how businesses can download the Verify Ontario app below:

Individuals:

  • Download your enhanced vaccine certificate (with an official QR code) if you are an Ontario resident here.
  • While the current vaccine receipt without a QR code remains valid and will continue to be accepted, the province is encouraging individuals to download their enhanced vaccine certificate with a QR code as an easier, more secure, and convenient way to have their proof of vaccination verified.
  • Ontarians will need to continue to show a piece of identification with their name and date of birth along with their proof of vaccination when visiting select businesses and organizations.
  • Those who are unable to download the certificate themselves can contact the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre to have it mailed or emailed to them. The centre can be reached at 1-833-943-3900 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week.
  • People who do not have an Ontario health card can contact their public health unit to have their identity verified and get a COVID ID, which is a unique number assigned by a public health unit for the purpose of obtaining a copy of a vaccine certificate.

Businesses and organizations:

  • Download the free Verify Ontario app from the Apple App and Google Play stores. 
  • The Verify Ontario app can be used without an internet connection, but like any app, it will need to connect to the internet periodically to keep it up to date. The app never stores personal information and only shows the minimum amount of information necessary to confirm vaccination.

 The province has provided this FAQ sheet for any further questions. 

First, second or third dose COVID-19 vaccines for eligible people (including children) can be booked using the Province’s online registration system or by calling the vaccine booking line at 1-833-943-3900 (TTY 1-866-797-0007). You can also text “VACCINE” to 1-833-750-0888 for information about vaccines and how to get vaccinated.

Book your vaccine here.

City Immunization Clinics

COVID-19 vaccinations are available at all five city-run clinics by appointment only:

  • Metro Toronto Convention Centre
  • Cloverdale Mall
  • Scarborough Town Centre
  • Mitchell Field Community Centre
  • Woodbine Mall

All five City-run clinics are open Monday to Friday from 2 – 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. (by appointment only).

A health card is not needed, however individuals must bring some form of identification. Acceptable forms of identification include government-issued ID (including non-Canadian and expired documents) such as a driver’s license or passport, a piece of mail with your name on it, a pay stub or a student card.

For more information about how to get vaccinated, visit the City of Toronto's website. For help booking an appointment, downloading your proof of vaccination or getting more information about the vaccines, call the Provincial Vaccine Information Line from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., 7 days a week:

  • Telephone: 1-833-943-3900
  • TTY: 1-866-797-0007

Information is available in multiple languages. 


In Ward 13, first, second, or third dose vaccine appointments are also available to book for eligible people (including children) at the Sherbourne Health – Wellesley Community Centre and Regent Park-40 Oaks (Fred Victor) clinics. Check each page to learn more about their hours, who can book an appointment, and additional FAQs. 

As of November 23rd, 2021, vaccine appointments are available in the provincial booking system for five to 11 year-old children in Toronto.

All Toronto children, regardless of their neighbourhood, who are turning five years old by the end of 2021 (born in 2016) are eligible to book an appointment. Appointments can be booked by visiting the City of Toronto COVID-19 page and clicking the blue button or by calling the provincial vaccine booking line at 1-833-943-3900. Learn more and book here.

The Pfizer-BioNTech Comirnaty COVID-19 vaccine for five to 11 year-olds will be administered at Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Woodbine Mall, Scarborough Town Centre, Cloverdale Mall and Mitchell Field Arena.

Parents and guardians seeking to vaccinate their child have a number of vaccination opportunities available across the city. These opportunities include clinics run by Team Toronto hospital or health care partners, at local pharmacies and through participating primary care providers or pediatricians. A full list of COVID-19 vaccination clinic options for five to 11 year-olds can be found online here.

If parents have questions about the vaccine, Toronto Public Health encourages them to reach out to a trusted health professional such as their family doctor or pediatrician. More information can be found on the City’s COVID-19: Children & Vaccines page.

Should I get the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine?

By getting vaccinated, you benefit from the protection you get against COVID-19 and the easing of restrictive measures in your community. You still need to follow local public health advice in public settings (e.g. workplaces, public transit). Their advice considers community risk levels. 

A majority of people in Canada have now had their first shot and many will soon be fully vaccinated. Below is a handy chart created by Public Health Canada to inform your actions depending on your vaccination status. This advice is based on the current state and will be updated as vaccination rates continue to increase and cases decrease.

All levels of government play important roles in delivering the COVID-19 vaccine to residents:

  • The federal government is responsible for approving vaccines as safe and effective for use, and for procuring the vaccines.
  • The provincial government is responsible for creating a provincial vaccination plan that includes distributing vaccines and supporting health system partners to deliver them to residents.
  • The City of Toronto will promote the importance of the vaccine, including addressing vaccine hesitancy. The City of Toronto will immunize residents through mass vaccination clinics. The City of Toronto will liaise with other agencies that will immunize their own clients to relay provincial information and coordinate immunization plans. Toronto Public Health will also investigate adverse events following immunization, and share data with the Province.

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