COVID Vaccine Information

Updated July 27th, 2021

 

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Where to Get Vaccinated

Please note: Please do not call 311 or Toronto Public Health to book an appointment. The City 311 contact centre and Toronto Public Health staff do not have access to the booking system. Please read below for the different ways to get vaccinated in the City of Toronto.

1. City of Toronto Immunization Clinics

The following City-operated COVID-19 Immunization Clinics are booking first and second dose vaccination appointments for all Toronto residents aged 12 years or older in 2021:

  • Metro Toronto Convention Centre
  • Scarborough Town Centre
  • Toronto Congress Centre 
  • East York Town Centre 
  • Mitchell Field Arena 
  • Malvern Community Recreation Centre
  • The Hangar 
  • Carmine Stefano Community Centre
  • Cloverdale Mall
  • North Toronto Memorial Community Centre

Learn more here.

Booking An Appointment Without Internet Access

Residents who are aged 12 years or older in 2021 without access to a computer or internet can book an appointment at a City-operated Immunization Clinic by phone through the provincial call centre, 1-833-943-3900.

Booking An Appointment With Internet Access

Residents aged 12 years or older in 2021 and who have internet access can book an appointment at a City-operated Immunization Clinic through the following steps:

  • Access the booking system by going to www.toronto.ca/COVID19 and clicking on the button that says "Book a Vaccine." This will take you into the initial registration system.
  • Follow the instructions and complete all information in the form.
  • You will need to enter the information found on your photo Health Card, birthdate, postal code, and contact information including email address and/or phone number.
  • The system will verify your eligibility to book an appointment for vaccination, based on this information, and will then take you to the scheduling system.
  • You will then be able to enter your Postal Code to find the closest available clinic location, or you can choose to scroll through all the available appointment options.
  • You will be able to see all of the available appointment dates and times, and will be able to select the available appointment that you prefer.
  • You are free to select whichever appointment date and time, in whichever clinic you choose.
  • Once you select and confirm your first dose appointment, you will also be asked to select the date and time for your second dose appointment.
  • Once you have selected and confirmed both your first and second dose appointments, you will receive a confirmation number and a QR code as confirmation of booking.
  • Your confirmed information will also be sent to you via email and by text message, if you provided both an email address and phone number during the registration process.
  • You will not need to bring this information with you to the clinic on the day of your appointment, as clinic staff will be able to locate your appointment by looking up your information when you arrive on your scheduled date and time.
  • Please bring a piece of ID and your respiration number with you to your appointment.
  • The system will not permit anyone to schedule multiple appointments – you will only be able to schedule one set of first and second-dose appointments per person.

We recognize that it may be challenging for individuals who have mobility or other health issues to navigate through the clinics. There will be plenty of seating available and elders are permitted to bring in a caregiver, provided they pass the screening as well.

2. Pharmacies

You can get vaccinated at select pharmacies if you are:

  • 12 or older on the day of your appointment to get the Pfizer vaccine
  • 18 or older on the day of your appointment to get the Moderna vaccine
  • Wanting to get your second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine

You must have an appointment to get vaccinated at a participating pharmacy. Before booking, ensure you have a valid Ontario health (OHIP) card, or another form of valid government-issued identification, and proper eligibility. Enter the first 3 characters of your postal code to find a pharmacy offering vaccines near you here: covid-19.ontario.ca/vaccine-locations 

3. Hospital Immunization Clinics

With over 8.5 million Ontarians fully vaccinated, the Unity Health COVID-19 vaccination clinics at St. Michael’s and St. Joseph’s will have their final day of operations on Friday, July 30.

From July 26 to 30, clinics continue to be open for booked and walk-in appointments.

What to expect after the closure:

  • Smaller vaccination teams will be available to support community outreach
  • Unity Health’s Ontario Health Team partners will continue to offer COVID-19 vaccinations. See more about these initiatives in the Supporting Our Community section of this webpage.
  • Following our clinic closure, opportunities to receive a first or second dose will also continue to be available through the following options:

4. Vaccine Pop-Up Clinics

There are currently three pop-up vaccination clinics offering first-dose appointments in Ward 13 (you will receive confirmation of your second dose appointment after you receive your first dose):

  1. Regent Park – 40 Oaks (Fred Victor) – 40 Oak St.
  2. St. James Town – Wellesley Community Centre – 495 Sherbourne St
  3. Ryerson University - Lobby of the Daphne Cockwell Health Sciences Complex.  

Eligibility to book at Ward 13 pop-up vaccination clinics:

First Dose

  • People who are 18 years of age or older at the time of their appointment who live or work in Toronto postal codes (starting with the letter M – proof must be provided)
  • People who are 12 – 17 years of age at the time of their appointment who live, work or go to school in Toronto postal codes (starting with the letter M – proof must be provided)

Second Dose

  • People 18 years of age or older who live in a Toronto postal code (starting with the letter M) who received an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) as their first dose
  • Pfizer: Must be 21 days or more from first dose
  • Moderna: Must be 28 days or more from first dose
  • Those aged 12 to 17 who live in a Toronto postal code (starting with the letter M) who received their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine 21+ days ago
  • People who received their first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine a minimum of 8-weeks prior to their second dose appointment and who are choosing to receive an mRNA vaccine as their second dose

Please note, anyone who falls into this category and received a first dose at the WCC, 40 Oak or Ryerson clinics will have their appointment rescheduled and do not need to rebook for a second dose. You will be contacted through the email address or phone number you provided at the time of the first dose.

Book an appointment online. Please bring Photo ID, if possible – If you have a health card or other government ID, please bring it to your appointment. If you do not have a form of government-issued ID, you are still able to be vaccinated. 

Vaccine Clinic Locations

View a map of immunization clinics and filter by City-run clinics, hospital clinics, and pharmacies here.

Booking Your Second Dose

The Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and AstraZeneca vaccines each require two doses. Depending on when you receive your first COVID-19 vaccine, you may book an appointment for your second dose at the time of booking your first dose, or you can book an accelerated appointment, based on the information below. 

Ontario is now providing second doses for all Ontarians. Booking a second dose appointment will be based on the timing of your first dose: 

  • If your first dose was AstraZeneca, you can get AstraZeneca, Moderna, or Pfizer for your second dose at least 8 weeks after your first dose with informed consent.
  • If your first dose was Moderna or Pfizer, you should get the same vaccine for your second dose at least 28 days after your first dose. You can switch between Moderna and Pfizer safely if the original vaccine you got is not readily available.

How to Book or Reschedule Your Second Dose Appointment

If you have had your first dose and are eligible for a second dose (please see this chart to see if you are eligible), you can rebook your second dose appointment by contacting the location where you received your first dose. Depending on which vaccine you received, you may also be able to book at another location:

  • If you received Pfizer or Moderna for your first dose, you can also book through the provincial booking system
  • If you received AstraZeneca for your first dose, you can book your second dose at a participating pharmacy or primary care setting

Many hospitals are contacting people who received their first dose at the hospital or pop-up clinics to book their second dose as they become eligible. Please check your email (including your junk mail folder) and the phone number you provided when you booked or received your first dose.

If you already have a second dose appointment booked, you can choose to keep your current second dose appointment. If you book a second dose appointment at a different location, please make sure to cancel the other appointment so it can be made available to someone else.

mRNA Vaccines

Beginning Sunday, June 20, individuals 18 years or older who have an appointment booked at one of the city-run immunization clinics will receive a Moderna mRNA vaccine. Anyone over 18 years can safely receive the Moderna mRNA for their first dose or second dose.

  • The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are similar with near-identical efficacy rates. The “mixed mRNA model” (mixing Pfizer and Moderna for first and second dose) as well as a first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine followed by a second dose mRNA vaccine is approved by both the federal and provincial governments.
  • Canada’s National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) has found “no important difference” between Moderna and Pfizer and considers these mRNA vaccines interchangeable.
  • The Pfizer mRNA vaccine is the only vaccine currently approved for use in Canada for anyone under the age of 18. At this time, youth receiving their first dose of vaccine will only receive the Pfizer mRNA vaccine.
  • Clinic staff will ensure clients are aware of which vaccine brand they will be receiving, however, there will be no opportunity for clients to request or switch to a particular vaccine brand. The limited Pfizer mRNA vaccine supply will be reserved and administered to youth 12 to 17 years old.
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Resources: Posters & Pamphlets available in multiple languages
  • For more info on COVID-19 Vaccines: https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/covid-19-protect-yourself-others/covid-19-vaccines/
  • Read more about a safe and effective second dose

Vaccinated Against COVID-19? What does it mean for me?

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.

Stay Up-to-Date on Ward 13 Vaccine Rollout

In addition to frequent email-based notifications, if you are a Ward 13 - Toronto Centre resident, you can sign up for text message updates using your mobile phone by texting (647) 424-5358 or visiting this link on your mobile phone and filling out your information: https://my.community.com/kristynwong-tam 

Who is responsible for distributing COVID-19 vaccines in Toronto?

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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