Vaccination Information

This week, the Government of Ontario announced updates to their projections for the provincial vaccine rollout. As of May 24th, all eligible individuals over the age of 18 will be able to book a vaccine. Due to an increase in supply arriving in the month of May, the province is projecting a massive boost in availability for vaccine appointments for all Ontarians.

Phase 2 of the province-wide vaccine roll-out includes access for additional groups of people who will now have the opportunity to register for a vaccine at one of many clinic options. There are a number of ways to find out whether you are eligible and if so, where you can get your shot.

Individuals who identify as having an intellectual disability are included in this phase and will now have access as of May 6th to book a vaccine appointment on the provincial booking system, in addition to the existing opportunities to book an appointment from a hospital clinic throughout the city. We have not received any information on whether caregivers will be able to book through the provincial system but will update you as we hear. In some parts of city, caregivers will have access to vaccines at local clinics. Details are listed below.

Phase Two involves the following timelines:

  • Week of May 3: Age band reduced to those 50+, Age band reduced to 18+ in hot spots, intellectual disabilities, high-risk health conditions, Group 1 of those who cannot work from home (e.g. education workers, childcare, food manufacturing and distribution, agriculture and farm workers, funeral workers, etc.)
  • Week of May 10: Age band reduced to 40+, at-risk health conditions, Group 2 of those who cannot work from home (e.g. essential retail, manufacturing, social workers, waste management, financial services, etc.)
  • Week of May 17: Age band reduced to 30+
  • Week of May 24: All of those ages 18+

Click the following link for more details on eligible health conditions and those included in groupings.

For further assistance, the City of Toronto has created an interactive tool which includes a map of all available clinics. If you or someone you know needs help with transportation to an appointment, you can click here for options to help organize a ride. See below for further details on those groups of people who will have access to vaccines and a variety of clinic options.

There is a lot of information out there, and the many options can be confusing to navigate. Please reach out to our Membership and Information line at 647-426-3220 or contactus@cltoronto.ca if you have any further questions.


Intellectual Disabilities and Other High Risk Populations:

If you would rather not book an appointment using the provincial system, you can also book directly through your local hospitals as they are currently offering vaccine appointments to those in the high-risk group, which includes those in our community who do not live at CLTO residential sites. Click this link for an online tool which will allow you to filter for easier access. Below is a list of clinics where people with intellectual disabilities can access the vaccine based on where you live in the community. Click on the links below to access websites for details on eligibility:

Note that some of the above clinics will offer vaccines to caregivers of those in the high-risk groups, but this does not apply to all. Please check the registration website for confirmation.

The City of Toronto has announced that they will be hosting a vaccine clinic for adults with disabilities on Thursday, May 13th from 11am to 4pm at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Appointments must be booked using the following link.


Caregivers of People with Intellectual Disabilities and Other High Risk Populations:

  1. Mass immunization clinics:
  • Anyone over the age of 55 in Toronto can book an appointment at a city mass immunization clinic.
    • As of the week of May 3rd the age limit will drop to 50+, on May 10th the age will drop to 40+, on May 17th it will drop to 30+ and finally on May 24th everyone 18+ will have access.
  • Toronto’s mass immunization clinics are focusing on “Hot Spot” neighbourhoods and have began vaccinating anyone between the ages 18 – 50  including those living in: M1B, M1C, M1E, M1G, M1H, M1J, M1K, M1L, M1M, M1P, M1R, M1S, M1T, M1V, M1W, M1X, M2J, M2M, M2R, M3A, M3C, M3H, M3J, M3K, M3L, M3M, M3N, M4A, M4H, M4X, M5A, M5B, M5N, M5V, M6A, M6B, M6E, M6H, M6K, M6L, M6M, M6N, M8V, M9A, M9B, M9C, M9L, M9M, M9N, M9P, M9R, M9V, and M9W.
    • This information is accurate as of April 30th, but please watch the City of Toronto’s website for updates to the list of eligible postal codes.
  • You can book an appointment using the Ontario COVID-19 vaccination portal or by calling 1-833-943-3900.
  • Clinics are located at the following sites across the city:
    • North Toronto Memorial Community Centre
    • Mitchell Field Arena
    • The Hangar
    • Metro Toronto Convention Centre
    • Scarborough Town Centre
    • Carmine Stefano Community Centre
    • Toronto Congress Centre
    • Malvern Community Recreation Centre
    • Cloverdale Mall

2. Pharmacies:

  • Anyone over the age of 40 can book an appointment at a pharmacy in Toronto. They are distributing the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.
  • To book an appointment, you have to use the pharmacy’s website. A full list of the participating pharmacies can be found here.

3. Hospital immunization clinics:

  • People with Intellectual or developmental disabilities and their essential caregivers will be eligible at certain locations. Hospital immunization clinics are the only place where BOTH people with intellectual disabilities and essential caregivers can receive the vaccine. Please check your local clinic’s registration system for details on eligibility criteria.
  • To book an appointment at a hospital clinic, you can visit this page to find the clinic in your catchment area. You can also book online or by calling 1-888-385-1910 for assistance with booking and eligibility. Some of the clinics require you to live or receive care from a primary care physician in your area to qualify.
    • At the CAMH COVID-19 vaccine clinic, individuals with the following health conditions and their primary caregivers are also eligible:
      • Diagnosis of mental illness
      • Diagnosis of substance use disorder
      • Dementia

4. Mobile Clinics:

  • Toronto is currently developing additional mobile and pop-up clinics in hot spot neighbourhoods to vaccinate those 18+ in this phase. These clinics will focus on the areas hardest hit by COVID-19, especially those in high-risk congregate settings and residential buildings.
  • In order to reach optimal numbers within the community, these clinics will partner with community centres, faith-based organizations, and large-scale employers.
  • Further details on time and location of rollout are being released on a community level and we encourage you to keep an eye on notices from your local government officials for details on clinic locations and appointment opportunities.  

Community Living Toronto is committed to helping people with intellectual disabilities and their families access the COVID-19 vaccine. While we are not able to offer appointments to those outside of our services, we hope to play a part in assisting you to secure your appointment for a shot at a local clinic. Please contact the CLTO Membership and Information line at 647-426-3220 or contactus@cltoronto.ca if you need help scheduling your appointment.   

For high-quality resources on vaccine safety, potential side effects, and what to expect at the vaccination clinic, please visit https://cltoronto.ca/covid-19-vaccine/ and https://connectability.ca/en/.