Torontonians age 60 or older eligible for vaccination at City-operated immunization clinics starting Friday

Starting tomorrow, Friday, April 2 at 8 a.m., the City of Toronto has expanded COVID-19 vaccine availability to individuals born in 1961 and earlier. Torontonians aged 60 or older are now eligible to make vaccination appointments online or by phone for City-run COVID-19 immunization clinics and some health partner clinics. Currently, anyone over the age of 70 is eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

The City is urging everyone who is eligible to receive a vaccine under the provincial prioritization framework to book an appointment. With COVID-19 and its variants of concern rising in Toronto, it is more important than ever to get vaccinated to protect yourself, your family and your community. If you are not yet eligible to receive a vaccine, people are encouraged to help those who are eligible to book an appointment.

There are appointments available throughout the long weekend and all eligible residents are urged to book as soon as possible. Individuals age 60 or older in 2021 can book appointments through the dark blue “Book a Vaccine” button on www.toronto.ca/covid-19 or book by phone through the Provincial Vaccine Information Line at 1-888-999-6488 (TTY 1-866-797-0007). More information on booking options is available on the Province’s What to expect when you get a COVID-19 vaccine webpage: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/get-covid-19-vaccine#how-to-schedule-a-vaccination.

City-operated clinics with appointments available as early as tomorrow:

  1. Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 277 Front St. W.
  2. Toronto Congress Centre, 650 Dixon Rd.
  3. Scarborough Town Centre, 300 Borough Dr.
  4. Malvern Community Recreation Centre, 30 Sewells Rd.

City-operated clinics with appointments available in the coming days:

  1. Mitchell Field Arena, 89 Church Ave.
  2. The Hangar, 75 Carl Hall Rd. (opening Monday, April 5)

The mass immunization clinic at the East York Town Centre at 45 Overlea Blvd., operated in partnership with East Toronto Health Partners, is also accepting bookings for people age 60 and older.  Maps, travel directions, accessibility information and pictures are available online for each clinic, including details about parking: https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/covid-19-protect-yourself-others/covid-19-vaccines/covid-19-how-to-get-vaccinated/?accordion=city-immunization-clinics.

The City is continuing to work with community and health care partners to get seniors across Toronto registered for appointments and vaccinated as soon as possible. Toronto Public Library staff are continuing outreach to approximately 35,000 seniors to ensure those who are eligible for vaccine understand they are eligible and have all the information they need to get vaccinated. Toronto Community Housing (TCHC) work to help seniors in their 83 seniors’ buildings get vaccinated without delay is also ongoing. TCHC has partnered with hospitals and is now getting needles in the arms of tenants.

The City has reached out to 40 senior-serving organization from across Toronto, offering financial support to increase staffing and redeploy staff to reach clients and support booking of vaccine appointments. The agencies were selected to ensure the City is reaching targeted populations, including Indigenous, Black and South Asian communities and other population groups including Hispanic, Tamil, Korean and LGBTQ2S seniors. The City is also working with the Red Cross to place senior-specific posters in food hampers and engaging with synagogues, churches and temples to bring information to their senior communities.

The City-operated clinics are part of a vaccination network that includes four additional City-operated clinics opening soon and hundreds of clinics operated by health sector partners including hospitals and pharmacies. A map of vaccination options in Toronto is available on the City’s COVID-19: Vaccine Clinic Locations webpage: www.toronto.ca/COVID19vaccinemap.

Those over age 55 are also eligible to be vaccinated at some pharmacies starting tomorrow. To find participating pharmacies, visit the provincial booking system website: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/book-vaccine/. Toronto residents born in 1961 or earlier who want to be vaccinated at a participating hospital-based clinic can view their options and book through hospital-based booking systems listed at www.vaccineto.ca or by calling 1-888-385-1910.

As Toronto continues the rollout of mass immunization, to reduce and eliminate the transmission of COVID-19, protect the healthcare system and save lives, the City continues to urge all residents to stay home as much as possible to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Please review the City’s simple guide for recommended and mandatory public health measures under provincial regulations and City bylaws: https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/covid-19-reopening-recovery-rebuild/covid-19-guide-for-toronto-residents/.

Quotes:

“I want to thank Premier Ford, Deputy Premier Elliott, and the Government of Ontario for their timely response to this request. I encourage every resident who is eligible to get vaccinated and to do it this Easter weekend if they can. Our clinics are open throughout the Easter weekend and appointments are available. Thank you to the thousands of people who answered the call to sign-up throughout this week and thank you to all those family and friends who are helping their loved ones get their shot. Whether that involves reminders and nudges to get registered, helping them sign up online or by phone, or even accompanying them to the appointment, helping people get their vaccine is one of the best things you can do right now to help fight the pandemic so thank you again to everyone involved in this effort.”

– Mayor John Tory

“We are committed to ensuring that every Torontonian, in every part of this city, can quickly and easily access a vaccine when it is their turn. Ensuring every single available vaccine slot is used is at the core of this work. At the same time, we are undertaking the largest community mobilization effort in our city’s history to help those over 60 and other individuals and communities facing barriers to have access to the vaccine.”

– Councillor Joe Cressy (Spadina-Fort York), Chair of the Board of Health

“Vaccine is a life-saving measure that provides an essential layer of protection against contracting COVID-19. We are working with our health care partners across Toronto to administer vaccines as quickly as possible as supply permits. Getting your vaccine helps to protect you, your family and members of your communities. If you are 60 years of age or older, now is your turn. Book an appointment as soon as possible.”

– Dr. Eileen de Villa, Medical Officer of Health

“Vaccine eligibility being extended to those 60 years of age and older means more of our residents can register to be vaccinated. There is booking availability in both our City-operated and health care partner clinics, and I continue to urge residents who are eligible to book their appointment today. It is now more important than ever to get vaccinated, it is a vital part of our fight against COVID-19.”

– Chief Matthew Pegg, General Manager of the Office of Emergency Management