As we all wait to learn more about the extended stay-at-home order and the new regulations, vaccines are still being administered across the City.
People born in 1961 or earlier, and age 50 or older who live in hot spot neighbourhoods as identified by postal code, can book vaccination appointments online or by phone at City-run COVID-19 immunization clinics. Information on how people from the various eligibility categories can register for vaccination appointments at City-run and/or partner clinics is available on the City’s COVID-19: How to Get Vaccinated webpage.
In Ward 13, the only places we are aware of that are booking vaccine appointments for people under 50 who do not need to meet any other Phase 2 criteria are 40 Oak St in Regent Park and Wellesley Community Centre in St James Town. These are both operated by Unity Health and can be booked online.
The clinic at Wellesley Community Centre is operated by Sherbourne Health and the clinic at Fred Victor is operated by Regent Park Community Health Centre, and both clinics are supported by Unity Health.
While initially appointments were being released on Thursdays at 7 pm, due to limited and unpredictable vaccine supply appointments at Fred Victor and Wellesley Community Centre are being released throughout the week as we confirm vaccine availability. Because of the unpredictability of supply, we can only advise those who meet the criteria for a vaccine and are seeking an appointment to continue to check back for appointment availability.
I know there have been some technical challenges on the booking site, but Unity Health has indicated that they are working hard to fix it.
If you do not have access to the internet, bookings at the Wellesley Community Center can be made by phone at 416-347-0943 or please call my office and we can help connect you.
Unfortunately, the two pop-up clinics are just not able to accommodate the demand for vaccines. Unity Health has had to stop taking any new appointments at hospitals and are focusing all their efforts on the pop-ups and it’s still not enough. These two clinics are currently vaccinating about 1000-1200 people a day. This is a drop in the bucket of what is needed.
The announcement that 18-49-year-olds were suddenly eligible- without increasing the vaccine supply allocation or even giving the city a heads up - means that people were given false hope and it was completely irresponsible. Even if you live in a hot spot, if you are able to work from home, and don't have an underlying health condition - I urge you to keep appointments free for those who do not have the same luxury.
We will keep updating residents as we are made aware of new pop-ups to try to help people who need it access vaccines.
Because vaccine supply is so limited, the plan is that for hot spot areas there will be a hyper-local strategy to contact nearby residents - door to door, door knockers/ flyers and they won't need appointments. This is intended to make it easier for people to access, while not encouraging people from across the whole postal code from coming. This does mean that they will not be widely promoted and our office might not even be made aware of all the locations.
Toronto Public health has been collecting locations and is putting together a priority list based on some criteria and will start implementing those pops-ups shortly.
In the meantime,
Thank you for your continued care and please stay safe.