City of Toronto opening 133,000 online COVID-19 vaccination bookings tomorrow for eligible seniors, vaccinations at three City-run clinics starting next Wednesday

Starting tomorrow, Friday, March 12, approximately 133,000 individual COVID-19 vaccination appointments for Torontonians born in 1941 and earlier will be available to book online through the City of Toronto’s website, www.toronto.ca/covid-19. The 133,000 bookings will be for appointments between March 17 and April 11 at three City-operated mass immunization clinics.

Tomorrow, those who will be 80 or older in 2021 and wish to make an appointment – or a trusted person they have delegated to make vaccination appointments on their behalf – can visit www.toronto.ca/covid-19 and click on a dark blue “Register” button that will be on the right side of a banner on the webpage. The link will bring registrants or delegates to the Province of Ontario’s online booking system where they will be asked for information on the registrant’s provincial health card, birthdate, postal code and email and/or mobile phone number.

On Friday, the City will announce when the registration link is posted and live. The City is anticipating a high volume of traffic to toronto.ca and the provincial booking system. Eligible residents booking appointments are asked to be patient and those who are not yet eligible should not to attempt access the booking system.

At the time of booking, eligible residents will schedule their first vaccination appointment and an appointment to receive their second dose. 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.
A video tour showing what residents can expect at City-operated mass immunization clinics is available on the City’s YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/Ek0r7fjjUUg.

On Monday, March 15, the Province is launching the new province-wide online booking system and call centre. The City will seamlessly move to the new province-wide system, with online bookings continuing to be made through the link on www.toronto.ca/covid-19 and the added option of booking by phone through the provincial call centre. Eligible seniors who prefer to book by phone can do so when the provincial call centre is activated on Monday.

This is an exciting time for Toronto residents and everyone’s patience is appreciated. Tomorrow, booking and vaccination appointments will only be available to eligible Toronto residents born in 1941 or earlier. People not yet eligible for a vaccine are urged not to access the registration system as it may impact the efficiency of the system and the ability for those who are eligible to access the system. City 311 and Toronto Public Health staff do not have access to the provincial booking system and are not able to help with registration; no one should call 311 or Toronto Public Health to book an appointment. When clinics open on March 17, anyone who arrive at a clinic without confirmed appointments will not be vaccinated.

The City has assembled frequently asked questions about COVID-19 vaccination appointments to help eligible residents understand the appointment booking process for City-operated clinics: https://www.toronto.ca/news/city-of-toronto-online-covid-19-vaccination-booking-for-residents-born-in-1941-or-earlier/. Any new developments or information will always be shared on www.toronto.ca/covid-19.

As Toronto awaits 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 “Dos” and “Don’ts” 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-grey/.

Quotes:

“More than 217,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been distributed in Toronto by our hospital and healthcare partners and Toronto Public Health. Thousands of residents 80 and over have been vaccinated and 133,000 more will get their first shot thanks to large shipments of vaccine set to start to arrive next week. Thank you to everyone who is working hard on the largest vaccination effort in Toronto's history. This will save lives and help bring the pandemic to an end. I encourage all residents to get their vaccine when they are eligible.”

- Mayor John Tory

“The launch of our city's COVID-19 vaccination clinics for residents born in 1941 and earlier is a significant milestone toward the future we all want. We are doing everything possible to vaccinate Toronto as quickly as possible as more vaccine supply becomes available. We will keep residents informed every step of the way as vaccine supply increases which will help us get to brighter days sooner.”

- Dr. Eileen de Villa, Medical Officer of Health

“Starting tomorrow, 133,000 Torontonians age 80 and over can book appointments to get vaccinated at one of our three City-operated mass immunization clinics. Thanks to all the hard work and proactive planning done by our Immunization Task Force team, we're able to open up three clinics next week in advance of schedule, and will launch all nine City-run clinics as more vaccine supply becomes available. Our Team Toronto effort will continue to scale up as supply increases, until every resident in every corner of our city can access the vaccine.”

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

“The City of Toronto very much looks forward to vaccinating residents when it’s their turn. I ask that only those Torontonians who are currently eligible for vaccine – born in 1941 or earlier – begin booking their appointments tomorrow. Everyone else who wishes to receive a vaccine will be able to do so as more supply becomes available and as priority groups become eligible.”

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

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