18+ Eligible to be Vaccinated in City Run Clinics

Once again, the schedule for who is eligible to get vaccinated is being sped up as more vaccine supply becomes available.


As of 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 18, 2021, individuals across Ontario aged 18 and over in 2021 will be eligible to book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment through Toronto.ca/COVID19, or through the provincial call centre at 1-833-943-3900.


This is one week ahead of the Province’s previous schedule, and is the result of an accelerated vaccine rollout from our federal government.


While this announcement is good news, there will likely be a huge increase in the demand for registrations because a very large percentage of the population is being added at one time. Despite the increased supply, it is possible that actual appointments could be several weeks from now. To increase your chances of getting an early appointment, try to book as soon as possible.

At the moment, Toronto clinics are distributing Pfizer, and most or all other vaccine outlets are giving Pfizer or Moderna. The AstraZeneca vaccine has been “paused”.


Note: For those who are turning 18 in 2021

Individuals who are 17 years old and are turning 18 in 2021 will also be eligible to book their COVID-19 vaccination appointment only for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. The Pfizer vaccine is currently the only COVID-19 vaccine that has been authorized by Health Canada for use in youth aged 12 and over. The booking system will note which clinics are not offering vaccines for those who are 17 years old.


Ways To Book A Vaccine

With this announcement, there is going to likely be significant pressure on the city’s booking system, and on the provincial call centre. With that said, there are still other avenues to book an immunization. We have put together a list of where to go, and if there is anything special you need to know about each of them to book a vaccine:


City Mass Immunization Clinics

  1. Each clinic is open 7 days a week from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. but appointments are required

  2. Book through Toronto.ca/COVID19, or through the provincial booking centre at 1-833-943-3900

  3. Mass immunization clinics are vaccinating everyone who will turn 18 or older in 2021.

  4. If you are 17 turning 18, be sure to double check on the booking site or with the call centre that you are eligible to be vaccinated at that location

Hospital Partners

  1. COVID-19 hospital vaccinations are by appointment only and there are no walk-in clinics at this time

  2. Hours are set by each individual location, be sure to check with the hospital for hours of clinic operation

  3. You can book through the hospital’s website, or through VaccineTO.ca or by calling 1-888-385-1910 for assistance to complete pre-registration forms and book appointments at local vaccine clinics operated by participating hospitals

  4. Each hospital will have its own criteria for who can book an appointment, be sure to double check with the hospital you are booking with that you qualify

Pharmacies

  1. All pharmacies that are vaccinating against COVID-19 can be found at https://covid-19.ontario.ca/vaccine-locations

  2. You will have to use the booking system of individual pharmacies, or of the pharmacy network. Some may be online, but others may require you to call and make an appointment.

  3. Hours of operation will differ from store to store, so be sure to consult the pharmacy’s website for accurate information

  4. Pharmacies are vaccinating everyone who will turn 18 or older in 2021

  5. If you are 17 turning 18, be sure to double check on the booking site or with the call centre that you are eligible to be vaccinated at that location

  6. While the pharmacies are in or nearby hotspot neighbourhoods, you do not need to live in a hot spot to receive a vaccine there

Pop-Up Clinics

  1. Pop-Up Clinics are still running, and are working on vaccinating high-risk neighbourhoods by postal code

  2. Pop-Ups will vary on eligibility and hours of operation from clinic to clinic. Make sure you qualify for that particular clinic before registering

  3. For clinics in Willowdale, we will inform people about where there are vaccination drives, and how to register through this newsletter, our website, and on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

  4. Some Pop-Up Clinics will open up registration to more than targeted neighbourhoods, allowing people from outside their target area to still get vaccinated if they have extra space. The easiest way to get this information through Vaccine Hunters on Twitter.

– John