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Guide to booking a COVID-19 vaccine in the GTA: Who, where and how

MEREDITH BOND | posted Thursday, Apr 8th, 2021

As Phase 2 of Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccination plan gets underway, the list of eligible populations has expanded. Each region has their own distribution plan which can cause some confusion when residents attempt to book appointments.

Here is a full list of who is eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine, where they can get a vaccination based on where they live in the GTA and how you can book an appointment:

This page will be updated as the criteria for vaccines is updated.

Where to get a vaccine in Toronto and who is eligible

Toronto has been utilizing mass immunization clinics, pharmacies and hospital clinics to rollout the COVID-19 vaccine to residents.

The city will also be using mobile and pop-up clinics to bring vaccines to anyone over the age of 18 in hotspot neighbourhoods. Further details about the rollout have not been made available, including where the clinics may be and how appointments will be booked.

Education workers who work or live in hotspot communities in Toronto are expected to be able to start booking COVID-19 vaccine appointments during the April Break. Details on how to book an appointment or where they will be administered have not been released.

Here is how to book and who can book at each location in the city for those currently eligible:

Mass immunization clinics:

  • Anyone over the age of 60 in Toronto can book an appointment at a city mass immunization clinic.
  • You can book an appointment using the Ontario COVID-19 vaccination portal or by calling 1-833-943-3900.
  • They are located across the city:
    • Metro Toronto Convention Centre
    • Scarborough Town Centre
    • Toronto Congress Centre
    • East York Town Centre
    • Mitchell Field Arena
    • Malvern Community Recreation Centre

Pharmacies:

  • Anyone over the age of 55 can book an appointment at a pharmacy in Toronto. They are distributing the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.
  • To book an appointment, you have to go through the pharmacy website. A full list of the participating pharmacies can be found here.

Hospital immunization clinics:

  • To book an appointment, you can visit this page and find the hospital clinic in your catchment area. You can book online or by calling this number 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.
  • Those eligible to be vaccinated include those listed under Phase 2 of the Ontario’s distribution plan:
    • Adult chronic home health care recipients
    • Residents, staff and essential caregivers of those living in long-term care, retirement homes and assisted living
    • First Nations, Inuit and Métis Adults over the age of 16
    • Faith Leaders who provide end of life care, care of the deceased, funerals, bathing, or other ceremonies with direct contact with deceased persons, home visits to unwell persons, pastoral care in hospitals/ long-term care homes /retirement homes or other vulnerable settings
    • Highest, Very High, and High Priority Healthcare Workers
    • Transplant patients or those receiving active cancer treatment.
    • Those with the medical conditions the province deemed highest risk, high risk:
      • Highest risk:
        • Organ transplant recipients
        • Hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients
        • People with neurological diseases in which respiratory function may be compromised (e.g., motor neuron disease, myasthenia gravis, multiple sclerosis)
        • Haematological malignancy diagnosed less than 1 year ago
        • Kidney disease eGFR< 30
      • High risk:
        • Obesity (BMI > 40)Other treatments causing immunosuppression (e.g., chemotherapy, immunity-weakening medications)
        • Intellectual or developmental disabilities (e.g., Down Syndrome)
    • Essential caregivers of patients with the highest risk and high risk medical conditions
    • Those with at-risk medical conditions are also eligible at the Scarborough Health Network clinics
      • Immune deficiencies / autoimmune disorders
      • Stroke / cerebrovascular disease
      • Dementia
      • Diabetes
      • Liver disease
      • All other cancers
      • Respiratory diseases
      • Spleen problems
      • Heart disease
      • Hypertension with end organ damage
      • Diagnosis of mental disorder
      • Substance use disorders
      • Thalassemia
      • Pregnancy
      • Immunocompromising health conditions
      • Other disabilities requiring direct support care in the community
    • People living in a high-risk area code over the age of 50
      • Humber River Hospital catchment area: South of Steeles Avenue, North of Eglinton Avenue, East of Humber River/ Islington Avenue, West of Bathurst Street
      • CAMH COVID-19 vaccine clinic: M5V, M6E, M6H, M6K, M6N, M8V
      • Englemount-Lawrence Vaccination Clinic: M2J, M2M, M2R, M3A, M3C, M3H, M3J, M3K, M3L, M3M, M3N, M4A, M4X, M5A, M5B, M5N, M5V, M6A, M6B, M6E, M6L, M6H, M6M, M9L, M9M, M9N, M9P
      • Michael Garron Hospital/Thorncliffe Park Community Hub: M4H, M1L, M3C, M4A, M1K, M1M, M1J.
      • North York General: M2J, M2M, M2R, M3A, M3C, M3H, M4A
      • St. Joseph’s Health Centre: M6K, M6N, M8V, M9A, M9B, M9C, M9R, M9V, M9W
      • St. Michael’s Hospital: M4X, M4Y, M5A, M5B
      • Sunnybrook Hospital: M2M, M2R, M3A, M3C, M4A, M5N, M6A, M6B
      • University Health Network: M5V, M6E, M6H
    • 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
    • Those experiencing homelessness or living in a shelter setting (Thorncliffe Park Community Hub)

Mobile clinics:

  • Toronto will be utilizing mobile and pop-up clinics to vaccinate those 18+ in hotspot neighbourhoods. They will be focused on high-risk congregate settings, residential buildings, faith-based locations, and locations occupied by large employers.
  • Details of when and how the clinics will be rolled out have not been released at this time.

Where to get a vaccine in Peel Region and who is eligible

In Peel Region, they are utilizing seven immunization clinics, four hospital clinics and pharmacies for their COVID-19 vaccine rollout.

Education workers who work or live in hotspot communities in Peel Region are expected to be able to start booking COVID-19 vaccine appointments during the April Break. Details on how to book an appointment or where they will be administered have not been released.

Immunization Clinics:

  • Anyone over the age of 60 are eligible to book an appointment. (Peel Region is planning on expanding the eligibility to 50+ on April 9)
  • You can book an appointment using the Ontario COVID-19 vaccination portal or by calling 905-791-5202
  • Indigenous adults and frontline health care workers are also eligible to book an appointment using Peel Region’s booking tool.

Pharmacies:

  • Anyone over the age of 55 can book an appointment at a pharmacy in Peel Region. They are distributing the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.
  • To book an appointment, you have to go through the pharmacy website. A full list of the participating pharmacies can be found here.

Hospital Clinics:

  • To book an appointment at the William Osler Health System clinics, you can book online or by phone at 905-494-6685.
  • Residents who are eligible to be vaccinated within William Osler are the following:
    • Faith Leaders who provide end of life care, care of the deceased, funerals, bathing, or other ceremonies with direct contact with deceased persons, home visits to unwell persons, pastoral care in hospitals/ long-term care homes /retirement homes or other vulnerable settings
    • Highest, Very High, and High Priority Healthcare Workers
    • Those with the medical conditions the province deemed highest risk, high risk (these people will be contacted by their specialists or the clinic themselves)
      • Highest risk:
        • Organ transplant recipients
        • Hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients
        • People with neurological diseases in which respiratory function may be compromised (e.g., motor neuron disease, myasthenia gravis, multiple sclerosis)
          • Haematological malignancy diagnosed less than 1 year ago
      • Kidney disease eGFR< 30
      • High risk:
        • Obesity (BMI > 40)Other treatments causing immunosuppression (e.g., chemotherapy, immunity-weakening medications)
        • Intellectual or developmental disabilities (e.g., Down Syndrome)
  • To book an appointment at Trillium Health Partners (THP) Clinics, you can use their online booking tool.
    • At this time, only Peel residents aged 60+ and Indigenous adults 16+ are eligible to be vaccinated at a THP clinic.

Mobile clinics:

  • Peel region will be utilizing mobile and pop-up clinics to vaccinate those 18+ in hotspot neighbourhoods. They will be focused on high-risk congregate settings, residential buildings, faith-based locations, and locations occupied by large employers.
  • Details of when and how the clinics will be rolled out have not been released at this time.

Where to get a COVID-19 vaccine in York Region and who is eligible

York Region has utilized 10 immunizations clinics to focus on different eligible populations. Pharmacies in York are also offering the COVID-19 vaccine.

Clinics for those 65+ and other eligible groups:

  • Residents who are 65 and older or a part of one of these eligibility groups are eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine:
    • Highest, Very High and High Priority Health Care Workers who live or work in York Region
    • Staff, essential caregivers and any residents that have not yet received a first dose in long-term care homes, high-risk retirement homes and First Nations elder care homes
    • Alternative level of care patients in hospitals who have a confirmed admission to a long-term care home, retirement home or other congregate care home for seniors
    • Staff, residents and caregivers in retirement homes and other congregate care settings for seniors
    • Indigenous adults and adult members of their households
    • Adult recipients of chronic home care services who live in York Region (appropriate documentation, such as letter from Ontario Health Team or Home and Community Care Support Services will be required)
    • Faith leaders who live or work in York Region and provide end of life care, care of the deceased, care of those who are unwell or provides pastoral services in vulnerable settings
  • The following clinics are offering COVID-19 vaccine appointments for those listed above:
    • Georgina Ice Palace
    • Richmond Green Centre
    • Trisan Centre
    • Canada’s Wonderland (drive-thru vaccination clinic)
    • Ray Twinney Complex
    • Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital
  • To book an appointment, click here or call 1-877-464-9675

Clinics for those 60+:

  • There is one dedicated clinic in Markham for York Region residents aged 60 years or older.
  • To book an appointment at the Cornell Community Centre, click here or call 1-877-464-9675. York Region is utilizing the province’s booking tool for this age group.

Clinics for those 45-59 in high-risk communities:

  • There are two clinics for individuals between the ages of 45 and 59 (born between 1976 to 1962) who currently live at an address with one of the following high priority postal codes: L4L, L6A, L4K, L4J or L3S
  • The clinics are in Markham and Vaughan:
    • Aaniin Community Centre
    • Maple Community Centre
  • To book an appointment, click here or call 1-877-464-9675

Pharmacies:

  • Anyone over the age of 55 can book an appointment at a pharmacy in York Region. They are distributing the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.
  • To book an appointment, you have to go through the pharmacy website. A full list of the participating pharmacies can be found here.

Where to get the COVID-19 vaccine in Halton Region and who is eligible

Halton Region is utilizing five immunization clinics, a hospital clinic, and pharmacies to vaccinate their population against COVID-19.

Immunization clinics: 

  • To book an appointment, Halton Region is using their own online booking tool. Click here to book an appointment.
  • The following populations are eligible to book an appointment:
    • Adults 60 years of age or older (born in or before 1961)
    • Essential Caregivers/Residents at congregate settings
    • Recipients of regular home care services from LHIN
    • Indigenous adults (including First Nations, Metis and Inuit populations) living in Halton, aged 55 years of age or older (born in or before 1966), and one immediate household family member.
  • The immunization clinics are located:
    • Burlington: Compass Point Bible Church, 1500 Kerns Road
    • Burlington: Joseph Brant Hospital, 1245 Lakeshore Road
    • Halton Hills: Gellert Community Centre, 10241 Eighth Line
    • Milton: First Ontario Arts Centre Milton, 1010 Main Street East
    • Oakville: St. Volodymyr Cultural Centre, 1280 Dundas Street West,

Hospital Clinic:

  • Oakville Trafalgar Hospital is administering COVID-19 vaccines to eligible populations. Click here to book an appointment.
  • The following residents are eligible to book an appointment at the hospital:
    • Adults 60 years of age or older (born in or before 1961)
    • Essential Caregivers/Residents at congregate settings
    • Recipients of regular home care services from LHIN
    • Indigenous adults (including First Nations, Metis and Inuit populations) living in Halton, aged 55 years of age or older (born in or before 1966), and one immediate household family member.
    • Health care workers who live or work in Halton region in Highest, Very High and High priority groups (High Priority health care workers must be providing direct, in-person patient care (non-virtual care) at least once a week).

Pharmacies:

  • Anyone over the age of 55 can book an appointment at a pharmacy in Halton Region. They are distributing the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.
  • To book an appointment, you have to go through the pharmacy website. A full list of the participating pharmacies can be found here.

Where to get the COVID-19 vaccine in Durham Region and who is eligible

Durham Region is using immunization clinics and pharmacies to vaccinate their populations against COVID-19.

Immunization clinics:

  • To book an appointment at Durham Region’s immunization clinics, click here or call 1-888-444-5113.
  • Here are the populations eligible to be vaccinated at an immunization clinic:
    • Adults 60 years of age and older, or who will be turning 60 in 2021
    • Residents 50 years of age and older living in hotspots in Ajax and Pickering with the postal codes: L1S, L1T, L1V, L1X and L1Z.
    • Faith leaders (providing end of life care, care of the deceased, funerals or other ceremonies with direct contact of deceased persons, home visits to unwell, pastoral care in institutions)
    • All Indigenous adults and adult household members
    • Individuals with health conditions, starting with Highest-Risk and High-Risk health conditions.
      • Highest-Risk Health Conditions include:
        • Organ transplant recipients; Hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients; Neurological diseases in which respiratory function may be compromised (e.g., motor neuron disease, myasthenia gravis, multiple sclerosis); Blood cancer diagnosed < 1 year; Kidney disease with eGFR < 30.
        • Individuals in the Highest-Risk group may have their main essential caregiver vaccinated.
      • High-Risk Health Conditions include:
        • Obesity (BMI > 40); Other treatments causing immunosuppression (e.g., chemotherapy, immunity weakening medications); Intellectual or developmental disabilities (e.g., Down Syndrome).
        • Individuals in the High-Risk group may have their main essential caregiver vaccinated.
    • High-Risk Congregate Living Settings
        • Residents, essential caregivers and staff in High-risk congregate living settings (residential facilities where a high-risk client population live or stay overnight and use shared spaces e.g., common sleeping areas, shared bathrooms, shared kitchens, communal dining spaces). Includes supportive housing, developmental services/intervenor including independent living, adult correctional facilities, children’s residential facilities (residents over 16, staff and foster parents).
        • Essential caregivers* are included for the following congregate settings: developmental services, mental health and addictions congregate settings, homes for special care, children’s residential facilities, and Indigenous healing and wellness facilities.
    • Primary health care provider (e.g. physician office) and office staff
      Community based medical specialists and office staff
    • Pharmacist and pharmacy staff (those who work directly in the pharmacy)
    • Walk-in clinic and walk in clinic staff
    • Dentistry/oral surgeon and office staff
    • Midwifery practice and office staff
    • NP-led clinic and office staff
    • Community health centre staff
    • Firefighters (medical first responders)
    • Long-term care and retirement home staff and essential caregivers
    • Hospital worker with direct patient care
    • Hospital non patient-facing staff
    • Lab/diagnostic service – health care provider or office staff
    • Police (who act as medical first responders)
    • Mental health / addictions / developmental services/campus health
    • Social work/social services (providing in person services)
    • Non-acute rehab and therapy
    • Naturopath and holistic care (direct patient care)
    • Congregate living staff
    • Independent health specialty
    • Diagnostic imaging staff
    • Chronic home care patients 16 years of age and older
  • Here are the locations where clinics are being held:
    • Audley Recreation Centre
    • Uxbridge Arena
    • Scugog Arena
    • Rick MacLeish Memorial Community Centre Arena*
    • The Garnet B. Rickard Recreation Complex
    • Chestnut Hill Developments Recreation Complex Arena
    • Durham College and Ontario Tech University
    • McKinney Centre

Pharmacies:

  • Anyone over the age of 55 can book an appointment at a pharmacy in Durham Region. They are distributing the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.
  • To book an appointment, you have to go through the pharmacy website. A full list of the participating pharmacies can be found here.

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