As vaccine supply increases, the Ontario government is expanding the delivery channels available to administer COVID-19 vaccines to include pharmacies and primary care settings. As of Friday, March 12, over 325 pharmacies will be offering the AstraZeneca vaccine to eligible Ontarians aged 60-64, by appointment only, as part of the vaccine delivery pilot program in specific regions. Pharmacies in Toronto began booking appointments on March 10th. All vaccinations available through pharmacies will require an appointment to be made in advance. Eligible adults aged 60-64 (as defined by year of birth between 1957-1961), who are interested in booking an appointment, can click here to find a participating pharmacy and can contact the pharmacy to make an appointment.
In addition to pharmacies, the province is working with primary care professionals to offer vaccinations in primary care settings and community locations, such as physician offices, in collaboration with public health units. This initiative will begin in Hamilton, Toronto, Guelph, Peterborough, Simcoe-Muskoka, and Peel as of Saturday, March 13, 2021. Primary care providers will not be taking appointments by request but will be contacting eligible Ontarians aged 60-64 directly to book an appointment and some of you may have already heard from them. They will only be offering the AstraZeneca vaccine at this time.
Starting March 15th, the province is scheduled to launch an online booking system and a provincial customer service desk to answer questions and support appointment bookings at mass immunization clinics. This will initially support individuals over the age of 80 (i.e., residents born in 1941 or earlier) as part of Phase One of the provincial plan, eventually extending to more groups during Phase Two. While some public health units are currently using their own booking systems to vaccinate individuals aged 80 and over (City of Toronto Booking site) we anticipate that the majority of public health units will transition to the provincial booking system after it has launched.
This presents an additional opportunity for individuals to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. While we continue to wait to hear further details from our health care provider partners on how specific populations such as those in receipt of Developmental Services will receive the COVID-19 vaccine, we encourage everyone who may be eligible and able to receive the vaccine through the broader vaccine roll-out plan to do so. We will be providing information and links on how to pre-register to receive the vaccine through a hospital, pharmacy, or healthcare centre on our COVID-19 webpage so that families will be able to access this information directly.
• Ages 60 – 64
Register to be vaccinated can be found here.
Search by postal code for the nearest opportunity. Each pharmacy has their own registration site.
• People who are 80 years of age and older (born in 1941 or before)
• Health care workers in Highest Priority and Very High Priority risk groups
• Indigenous Adults (16 years of age or older)
• Adults receiving chronic home care
|Where to Register or Pre-Register||Additional Information|
|https://vaccineto.ca/landing or by phone 1-888-385-1910||Hospitals across the city are currently registering and taking appointments|
Clinics operating through this site are currently providing vaccination appointments to individuals based on provincial prioritization.
|immunization clinics||City of Toronto will open some COVID-19 immunization clinics beginning mid-March.|
|www.toronto.ca/covid-19||Registration starting Friday, March 12|
Appointments will be held at one of the three City-operated immunization clinics that will open on March 17:
• Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front St. W.
• Scarborough Town Centre, 300 Borough Dr.
• Toronto Congress Centre, 650 Dixon Rd.
|scarboroughcovidvaccineclinic.ca||Scarborough Health Network (SHN) and several health and community partners have come together to rollout the COVID-19 vaccine across Scarborough.|