Ontario Vaccine Booking
- Appointments can be booked through the online provincial booking system or by calling the Provincial Vaccine Booking Line at 1-833-943-3900 (TTY 1-866-797-0007).
Sick-Kids COVID-19 Vaccine Consult Services
- By-appointment phone service providing a safe, judgement-free space to have an open conversation about the COVID-19 vaccine for children and youth
- Free over-the-phone interpretation available in many languages
- Visit sickkids.ca/vaccineconsult to make a booking
- If you need assistance booking an appointment, call 437-881-3505
Toronto Public Health Vaccine Clinics
- TPH has compiled a public calendar list with an interactive map of local vaccination clinics.
- Flu and COVID vaccine clinics have been scheduled for January 2023 at:
- Cecil Community Centre: Wednesdays January 4 - 25, 10 am – 2 pm, 58 Cecil Street (at Spadina)
- Parkdale Branch: Fridays January 6, 13, 20 & 27, 11 am – 6 pm, 1303 Queen St W, Meeting Room A
- Waterfront Neighbourhood Centre: Saturdays, January 14-28, 12 pm - 4 pm, 627 Queens Quay West, Inside Assembly A
- Find the pharmacy closest to you that offers COVID-19 vaccines.
- Most pharmacies book appointments ahead of time and some allow walk-ins. Please call or visit the pharmacy’s website to review eligibility criteria. Bring an OHIP card or other valid government-issued identification.
- Anishnawbe Health (179 Gerrard St. E.): All Indigenous people are welcome. Call to book an appointment at 416-920-2605.
- Auduzhe Home Visit Vaccines: For all Indigenous people - First Nations, Inuit and Metis people, regardless of status or registration. Call Auntie at 437-703-8703.
Residents Without OHIP Cards
- Anyone without an OHIP card needs a COVID ID number to book an appointment at City-run clinics or select Toronto East Health Partners clinics using the Provincial Booking system.
- To obtain a COVID ID number, call Toronto Public Health at 416-338-7600, seven days a week from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Callers will be invited to leave their contact information so a representative can return their call.
- Once a COVID ID number is received, appointments must be made through the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900.
- For all clinics, all residents must bring an acceptable form of identification with them, which may include government-issued ID (including non-Canadian and expired documents) such as a driver’s licence or passport, a piece of mail with your name on it, a pay stub or a student card.
- More information here
Clinics for Residents without OHIP Cards
Access Alliance: 416-760-8677
- Monday, Tuesday, Friday: 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
- Wednesday: 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm
- Thursday: 12:30 pm to 7:30 pm
- Phone interpretation services available
Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture: 416-306-4319
- Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday: 1 to 5 pm
- Phone interpretation services available
FCJ Refugee Centre: 416-469-9754 ext. 230 and 232; WhatsApp 4372173786
- Monday to Friday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
- Email: [email protected]
- Phone interpretation services available
Transportation Support to Vaccine Clinics
- The Ontario Community Support Association's Accessible Drive-to-Vaccines program provides door-to-door rides to vaccination sites for people with disabilities, including seniors with mobility issues, who face challenges accessing safe transportation. Residents must have a vaccination appointment booked and request a ride at least 48 hours before the appointment. Call 211 or book online.
Request Mobile Vaccine Clinic
- The Toronto Public Health (TPH) Mobile COVID-19 Vaccination Team is available to provide vaccine clinics in various community settings within the City of Toronto. Use the form at the link below to request a temporary clinic at your community location. TPH only provides clinics in settings where the postal code begins with "M". For settings outside of the City of Toronto, please contact your local Public Health Unit for other available options. For more information and to request a clinic, click here.
COVID-19 Latest News
Bivalent Booster Now Available for Ontarians 5+
Parents of children ages 5 and older can now book an appointment for the bivalent COVID-19 booster. Health Canada approved the booster on December 9, which is an updated version of the Pfizer vaccine recommended for those 5 years of age and older. Those interested in receiving this vaccine, which targets the current Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants, must have completed their primary COVID-19 vaccine series.
Appointments can be booked online through the COVID-19 vaccination portal or by calling the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900. Eligible individuals can also book an appointment directly through public health units, Indigenous-led vaccination clinics, and at participating health care providers and participating pharmacies.
Ontario Pharmacists Can Now Prescribe Paxlovid
Pharmacists are now able to directly prescribe paxlovid to patients. It is expected that most pharmacies in the province will participate. Paxlovid is an antiviral drug which reduces severe symptoms of COVID-19 and is free to those with COVID-19 symptoms and a positive PCR or rapid test.
Eligible recipients must be 60 years of age or older or 18 years old and immunocompromised. Adults with chronic conditions like diabetes or heart or lung disease can also obtain Paxlovid from a pharmacist.
Free Rapid Tests Available Until June 2023
Ontario will continue to provide free COVID-19 rapid antigen tests in grocery stores and pharmacies across the province until June 30, 2023.
Ontario hospitals and pediatric units have been struggling to manage an influx of patients dealing with influenza, RSV and COVID-19. Patients have reported extraordinarily long wait times in emergency departments and some surgeries have been cancelled due to a lack of beds.
However, the Ontario government remains adamant that there is not a nursing crisis in the province.
Bivalent Booster for People 12+ and Flu Shot for 5+
As of Monday, October 17, everyone aged 12 and over is eligible to get a bivalent COVID-19 booster dose if they have completed their primary COVID-19 vaccine series.
Also starting November 1, flu shots will be available through your health care provider, public health unit and in participating pharmacies. Flu shots may be given at the same time, or at any time before or after COVID-19 vaccine, for individuals 5 years and older. Find out more at ontario.ca/flu.
Appointments can be booked now through the COVID-19 vaccination portal or by calling the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre (PVCC) at 1-833-943-3900. Eligible individuals can also book an appointment directly through public health units that use their own booking systems, Indigenous-led vaccination clinics, participating health care providers and participating pharmacies.
In addition to getting vaccinated, those over 60 years of age can also access antiviral treatments such as Paxlovid if they have COVID-19 symptoms. Learn more about COVID-19 treatments and review your eligibility by using Ontario’s antiviral screener tool, speaking with your health care provider or calling 811.
Canada Removes COVID-19 Border and Travel Measures
The Government of Canada announced that, starting October 1, 2022, all COVID-19 entry restrictions, as well as testing, quarantine, and isolation requirements for anyone entering Canada will be removed. Transport Canada is also removing existing travel requirements. Details here.
All travellers, regardless of citizenship, will no longer have to:
- Submit public health information through the ArriveCAN app or website
- Provide proof of vaccination
- Undergo pre- or on-arrival testing
- Carry out COVID-19-related quarantine or isolation
- Monitor and report if they develop signs or symptoms of COVID-19 upon arriving to Canada
- Undergo health checks for travel on air and rail
- Wear masks on planes and trains
It is still strongly recommended that all travellers continue to wear high quality and well-fitted masks. People should not travel if they have symptoms of COVID-19. You can review the travel advice at https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/advisories for more information on safe travel.
Pfizer Booster Approved for Kids 5-11
Chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam announced today that Health Canada has authorized a booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children ages 5-11. The National Advisory Committee on Immunization recommends children with underlying health conditions should be offered a booster no earlier than six months after their second dose. All other children in that age group may also be offered a booster. As children head back to school soon, there have been concerns about COVID-19 transmission at schools.
Ontario Opens COVID-19 Vaccine to Children Under 5
Starting on Thursday, July 28 at 8:00 am, parents and caregivers of children aged six months to under five years will be able to book appointments for the paediatric COVID-19 vaccine.
Immunocompromised youth aged 12 to 17 will also become eligible to schedule their second booster dose (fifth dose) if at least six months have passed since their first booster (fourth dose).
Health Canada recently approved Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine for infants and preschoolers, marking the first vaccine approval for the age group in the country. The child-sized vaccine dose is one-quarter the size of the adult quantity.
Paediatric vaccines are being distributed across the province and will be available through public health unit clinics, as well as participating paediatricians, primary care providers and pharmacies. Appointments can be booked through the COVID-19 vaccination portal and the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900, directly through public health units using their own booking system, participating primary care providers and paediatricians, as well as at participating pharmacies and Indigenous-led vaccination clinics.
Parents and caregivers with questions are encouraged to speak with their health care provider or call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre to speak to a health specialist or visit COVID-19 Vaccine Consult Service to book a confidential phone appointment with a SickKids Registered Nurse.
Ontario Extends Paid Sick Leave Until March 2023
The Ontario government announced that it will be extending its COVID-19 Worker Protection Benefit until March 31, 2023. The province amended the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) to require employers to provide employees with up to three days of paid infectious disease emergency leave because of certain reasons related to COVID‑19. Full details here.
Peggy Sattler, NDP MPP for London West, released the following statement in response to the government’s announcement on paid sick days:
“It’s cruel for Doug Ford to keep stringing workers along months at a time, never giving them enough paid sick days. At this point, he’s offered a maximum of three days to last a full three years. What happens if you’ve already used up those three days over the last two years? What happens if a worker or their child is sick with a non-COVID-related illness? This puts workers right back at square one, forcing them to choose between going to work sick and making coworkers and customers sick — or losing pay. And it subsidizes large profitable corporations that should be providing paid sick days but aren't.
Workers deserve 10 permanent employer-paid annual sick days. The government should pass my Stay Home If You Are Sick Act as soon as the Legislature returns.”
Novavax Vaccine Now Offered
Residents 18 years and older with an allergy or contraindication to an mRNA vaccine are now able to access the Novavax vaccine. The Novavax vaccine was approved by Health Canada in February 2022 and requires two doses administered 8 weeks apart to ensure the greatest protection against COVID-19. Booking information available here.
Student Vaccines Offered at City Immunization Clinics
Toronto Public Health has estimated that 73,000 Toronto students in grades 7 to 12 are behind by at least one dose in their Hepatitis B, Human Papilloma Virus and meningococcal vaccines due to the pandemic. Appointments for these vaccines can now be booked at City-run clinics. Letters have been mailed to the families of children who are behind on their shots. Booking information available here.
Access to COVID-19 Antivirals Expanding
Effective immediately, the following higher-risk groups are eligible to be tested and assessed for antiviral treatments, such as Paxlovid, in Ontario:
- Individuals aged 18 and over who are immunocompromised (have an immune system that is weakened by a health condition or medications);
- Individuals aged 70 and over;
- Individuals aged 60 and over with fewer than three vaccine doses; and
- Individuals aged 18 and over with fewer than three vaccine doses and at least one risk condition (e.g., a chronic medical condition)
Anyone who is eligible for an assessment is now also eligible for a PCR test at any testing centre in Ontario. Eligible individuals with a prescription will be able to access antivirals at participating pharmacies across the province. A list of pharmacies that are dispensing Paxlovid are available at Ontario.ca/antivirals.
Treatment for antivirals must be started within five days of symptoms in most cases. Individuals who are part of higher risk groups and who have COVID-19 symptoms should immediately seek testing and care, by contacting their health care provider or visiting a clinical assessment centre. Individuals can contact Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 for more information about where to find a clinical assessment centre or to determine if they are at higher risk.
Ontario’s antiviral screener tool can help individuals to help determine if they are at higher risk and should be assessed for treatment. A positive rapid antigen test, PCR or rapid molecular test is required as part of the assessment for antiviral treatment. Free rapid antigen tests are available at retail locations in the province.
Vaccine Assistance for Seniors and Homebound Persons
The Spadina-Fort York Community Care Program
- The Spadina-Fort York Community Care program will be helping seniors 50 and older who are having trouble registering for a vaccine. Please email [email protected] or call 647-904-6637.
If you manage a co-operative housing building or an organization with seniors or other vulnerable residents, please complete this form to request assistance.
If you would like to volunteer with this program or other Spadina-Fort York Community Care activities, please complete this form.
Homebound Persons with Primary Care Provider
- If you are a homebound person receiving care through a Primary Care Provider, Family Health Team, Home or Community Care or Community Support Services or Agencies, please contact your provider to learn whether they are able to offer in-home vaccination. Many teams are beginning to organize or being supported to offer in-home vaccination and will begin to reach out to their patients and/or clients in the coming weeks. If your provider is not able to offer at-home vaccination, they will place your name onto a list for at-home vaccination.
Toronto Offering In-Home Doses for Homebound Residents
- People 12 years and older who live in Toronto and cannot physically leave their home to receive the vaccine for medical, physical, cognitive or psychosocial reasons are eligible for in-home vaccination. Essential caregivers are also eligible to receive the vaccine. More details about in-home vaccinations can be obtained by calling the Toronto Seniors Helpline at 416-217-2077 or online at torontoseniorshelpline.ca/web-chat
Transportation for Seniors/Vulnerable Residents
- The City of Toronto announced the Vaccine Equity Transportation Plan to help ensure vulnerable residents and seniors can access COVID-19 vaccinations by making it easier to travel to clinics. This program is intended for those who have limited transportation options or who cannot afford transportation to vaccination appointments. This program is available now for limited appointments, but will continue to be expanded over the coming weeks as additional resources and capacity become available.
To book a ride:
- Toronto Ride, torontoride.ca or call 416-481-5250
- iRide, circleofcare.com/vaccinerides or call 1-844-474-3301
- Scarborough Ride, schcontario.ca/scarboroughride.html or call 416-736-9372
People who receive social assistance may be eligible for medical transportation funds to help cover costs of travel to receive their COVID-19 vaccination. Social assistance recipients should contact their caseworker to access transportation funds they may be eligible for.