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Toronto Centre residents 18 and older can now book appointments to get the COVID-19 vaccine

by Brooke Houghton

Everything you need to know about getting vaccinated in Toronto Centre

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Toronto Centre residents who are 18 years or older can now book an appointment to get the COVID-19 vaccine, though spots are very limited. 

On Sunday, Toronto Centre Coun. Kristyn Wong-Tam shared an update on vaccine rollout in Ward 13, which includes M5B, M5A and M4X area codes. According to the update, there are two pop-up vaccination clinics at 40 Oak Street and Wellesley Community Centre.

Residents in these areas can book appointments at these pop-up clinics through Unity Health Toronto’s portal. The system allows booking seven days in advance, though all spots for this week are currently full.

Over the weekend, a pop-up vaccination clinic was held in Thorncliffe Park where hundreds of 18+ residents waited in long lines for their vaccine.

These pop-up clinics come as the province moves into Phase Two of the COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan, which aims to vaccinate those living in high-risk and disproportionately impacted communities.

The Toronto Star created a searchable database of all the postal codes currently considered hot spot communities. High-risk areas in Toronto, Durham, Hamilton, Mississauga, Brampton and more are on the list. 

However, online vaccination bookings aren’t currently available for 18+ residents in all hot spot areas yet. These vaccinations will be done through Ontario Health Teams, hospital mobile teams and pop-up clinics. 

The government will release more information about future pop-up clinics in other hot spot communities at a later date.

Who else is eligible right now?

Adults 50 years or older living in priority neighbourhoods and all Toronto residents over 60 years old can book appointments to be vaccinated at city immunization clinics

People over 55 years old are also eligible to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine at certain pharmacies and some primary care providers. 

Adults over 18 years of age (with some exceptions) in these occupations and high-risk circumstances may also be eligible for the vaccine, including: 

  • Adults with high-risk health issues and conditions
  • Residents, staff and caregivers in long-term care homes, congregate living settings for seniors and retirement homes
  • People over 16 years old of First Nations, Métis and Inuit populations
  • Patients receiving long-term home care and their caregivers
  • People experiencing homlessness in high-risk shelters or encampments
  • Adults working in shelters, encampments or respites
  • Faith leaders with a high risk of exposure

How and where to get your vaccine in Toronto Centre

The COVID-19 vaccine is free for all Ontarians and you can book your appointment using the province’s vaccination registration system or by calling the Provincial Vaccination Information Line at 1-888-999-6488.

If you don’t have a health card or government-issued ID (expired ones are valid), you can bring a driver’s license, passport, Status Card or another form of identification to your appointment. 

The Ryersonian has created a map of all vaccination sites currently located in the Toronto Centre.

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