Chris Glover MPP, Spadina–Fort York

Government of Ontario

COVID-19 Information

Vaccine Clinics

CAMH (100 Stokes St.), Tuesdays to Fridays, 9:00 am to 3:30 pm

  • Small, calm environment with staff trained to support people with mental illness, substance abuse disorders, dementia and other neurodiversity.
  • First and second doses for anyone 12+
  • Walk-ins accepted or book your appointment, visit www.camh.ca/covidvaccine

Canoe Landing Community Centre (45 Fort York Blvd., Room 3), Fridays April 8, 22, 29, 4-8 pm

  • Open to residents 5+
  • No appointment required
  • First, second and booster doses
  • OHIP is not required; Other forms of ID accepted

City-Run Mass Vaccination Clinics Now Accepting Walk-ins, including Youth 12-17

  • Toronto Public Health has begun welcoming walk-ins for first, second, third and paediatric doses of COVID-19 vaccines at all five City of Toronto-run clinics.
  • Residents ages 12 to 17 years are eligible for a third dose if approximately six months (168 days) have passed since their second dose.
  • Appointments for City-run clinics can still 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).
  • Find clinic details here.

Education and Childcare Staff Vaccine Clinics (Various Locations)

  • Appointments exclusively for Ontario Education and Child Care Staff which includes educators, custodial staff, administrative staff, and school bus drivers, and child care staff
  • Bring OHIP card and proof of employment
  • Book your appointment here: https://www.fhvax.com/book-edu

Evangel Hall Mission Drop-In (552 Adelaide St. W.), Mondays, 9:30 to 11:30 am

  • No appointment required
  • First, second and third doses
  • Pfizer doses for children

Parkdale Queen West CHC (168 Bathurst St.) Tuesdays 2-7 pm, (1229 Queen St. W.) Wednesdays 2-4:30 pm

  • Moderna first and second doses for anyone born 2004 or earlier
  • See flyer below for booking details

Scadding Court Community Centre (707 Dundas St. W.), Wednesdays, April 6-27, 6-8:30 pm

  • First, second, third and booster shots
  • OHIP not required
  • No appointment needed

Shop and Vax, Until April 30

  • Shop and Vax at Toronto shopping centres until Saturday, April 30.
  • Walk-ins only. No registration or appointments required.
  • More information here

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

Trinity Community Recreation Centre (155 Crawford St.) Tuesdays 2-6:30 pm

  • First, second and booster doses
  • No OHIP card required. No appointment necessary.

Waterfront Neighbourhood Centre (627 Queens Quay W.) Mondays 4-8 pm and Saturdays 12-4 pm

  • Walk-ins for anyone 5+
  • First, second and booster doses
  • Pfizer for those 18-29 years old

Toronto Public Health Vaccine Clinics: Click here for a complete listing 

  • TPH has compiled a public calendar list with an interactive map of local vaccination clinics.

Pharmacy Clinics

  • 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.

Indigenous Clinics

  • Anishnawbe Health (179 Gerrard St. E.): All Indigenous people 12+ are welcome. Call to book an appointment at 416-920-2605.
  • Auduzhe Home Visit Vaccines: For all Indigenous people 12+ - 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 one of the five 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

Provincial Booking System

Vaccination Text Line

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.

Vaccine Confidence - Outreach Rapid Response Team (CORRT) Extended

  • Toronto Public Health has extended the COVID-19 Outreach Rapid Response Team (CORRT) until April 29, 2022.

Staffed by Public Health Nurses, CORRT delivers COVID-19 vaccine information sessions to groups of residents or workers in Toronto who have not yet been fully vaccinated and/or received a booster dose, particularly in neighbourhoods and populations with lower vaccine coverage rates. Sessions are delivered to residents and staff at community agencies, workplaces, as well as other organizations in Toronto. 

Requests for vaccine confidence information sessions can be made online here

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 News

Ontario Extends Mask Mandate for High-Risk Settings

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kieran Moore announced that mask mandates in select higher-risk indoor settings will be extended until at least June 11. The mandates were set to expire on April 27.

Settings where masking will continue to be mandatory include retirement homes, doctors’ offices, shelters and congregate care settings that provide care and services to medically and socially vulnerable individuals. Read the complete list here.

Unvaccinated Travellers Under 12 No Longer Require Test

Starting April 25, unvaccinated and partially vaccinated children under the age of 12 are no longer required to provide a valid pre-entry test result, if they are accompanying a fully vaccinated adult. Children who are less than 5 years old are not required to test, regardless of their vaccination status. Full details available here.

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.

Metro Toronto Convention Centre Clinic Closes April 28

The COVID-19 clinic operating at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre closed on Thursday, April 28. A new location will open on Tuesday, May 3 at Metro Hall (214 Wellington St West). More details available here.

Province’s Latest COVID-19 Update

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kieran Moore provided his latest guidance on COVID-19 measures in Ontario and confirmed that Ontario is currently experiencing a sixth wave. While a mask mandate is no longer in place in most public settings, he did recommend that people continue to wear a well-fitted, three-layer mask or use of a medical mask in all public indoor settings. With hospitalizations rising and cases at 120,000 per day in Ontario, the province will be reviewing the plan to further remove mask mandates that are set to expire on April 27.

Despite the dramatic rise in cases in schools and child hospitalizations, the province currently has no plan to reinstate mask mandates in schools. The Toronto District School Board and the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association have called on the government to reinstate the mask mandate in schools, but the government has refused. The TDSB sent out a letter to parents asking “all staff and students to wear a well-fitting mask when indoors”, but specified it remains a personal decision.

Science Table Releases Latest COVID-19 Modelling

The Ontario Science Table has released its latest COVID-19 modelling projections. You can view the slide deck here.

Key findings:

  • Ontario is well into wave 6 of the pandemic, driven by the new, more transmissible BA.2 subvariant, waning immunity, and lifting of public health measures.
  • There is significant uncertainty around the impact of case growth on our health system and deaths. Wastewater surveillance suggests that community transmission may have peaked. Regardless, modelling indicates that hospital occupancy is likely to continue to rise for some time, with uncertainty in the timing and height of the peak.
  • COVID-19 infections in healthcare workers are as high as in the last Omicron wave. High infection rates combined with potentially high hospitalization rates will reduce Ontario’s ability to provide care for nonCOVID-19 patients.
  • Infected individuals are at risk of developing Long COVID, which is associated with serious neurologic illness, heart attacks, stroke, and long-term impairment.
  • Individuals with Omicron symptoms should stay home and isolate. At least two negative rapid antigen tests separated by at least 24 hours are required to be confident that an individual is not infected.
  • Masking in indoor areas will substantially reduce the risk of getting and spreading COVID-19 as will improvements to ventilation.
  • A complete vaccine series (currently 2 doses in children, 3 doses in adolescents and adults, 4 doses in older adults and high-risk groups) provides strong protection against hospital and ICU admission and is the best defence against getting symptoms and spreading COVID-19.
  • Access to vaccination, testing and treatment continues to be uneven across socio-economic groups. It is critical that all Ontarians have equitable access.


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.

Ontario Expanding Eligibility for 4th Doses

Starting on Thursday, April 7, 2022 at 8:00 am, the Ontario government is expanding eligibility for fourth doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to individuals aged 60 and over as well as First Nation, Inuit and Métis individuals and their non-Indigenous household members aged 18 and over. Fourth doses are being offered at a recommended interval of 5 months after receiving the last booster.

Eligible individuals will be able to book their fourth dose appointment through the COVID-19 vaccination portal or by calling the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900, directly through public health units that use their own booking systems, through Indigenous-led vaccination clinics, participating pharmacies, and participating primary care settings.

Locations and timing for additional boosters may vary by public health unit based on local planning and considerations.

Province Lifting Mask Mandates on March 21

Starting March 21, Ontario will be removing the mandatory masking requirement for most settings, with the exception of select settings such as public transit, health care settings, long-term care homes and congregate care settings. Read how Ontario intends to lift remaining COVID-19 restrictions here.

Toronto City Council has also amended its mask bylaw, so that it will expire on the same date. Prior to the amendment, the City’s Mask Bylaw was set to expire on April 8, 2022. Click here to read Dr. de Villa's report

We all want this pandemic to end, and we look forward to the day when we no longer need public health measures. However, removing masks for everyone is causing a lot of worry especially for parents with small children who have not been vaccinated.

Experts are saying it’s a little too soon for masks to come off especially in schools. All Ontario’s children’s hospitals have joined together as the Children’s Health Coalition to call for just a couple more weeks of masks to keep kids safe. The head of the Ontario Science Table Dr. Peter Juni says just a couple more weeks of masks is a safer plan.

The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) held a special board meeting and decided that it will implement the changes announced by the province, however, they are also requesting additional time to remove the current protections in schools. They will continue to strongly encourage mask wearing in school.

The Ontario Principals’ Council also opposes the government’s plan to lift the mask mandate in schools and urges it to immediately pause the lifting of this restriction.

Despite this, Premier Doug Ford is discouraging school boards from seeking extensions and Education Minister Stephen Lecce released a statement saying that boards are expected to follow the province’s plan.

Vaccine Passport System Lifts March 1

Starting March 1, Ontario will begin to ease public health measures, including lifting capacity limits in all remaining indoor public settings. Full details available here.

Ontario will also be lifting proof of vaccination requirements for all settings. However, businesses and other settings may choose to continue to require proof of vaccination. Masking requirements will remain in place, with more information on lifting this measure coming at a later date.

Public health units can deploy local and regional responses based on local context and conditions.

Ontario Begins Lifting Restrictions Starting Feb 17

Starting February 17 at 12:01 am:

• Increasing social gathering limits to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors
• Increasing organized public event limits to 50 people indoors, with no limit outdoors

Removing capacity limits in the following indoor public settings where proof of vaccination is required, including:

• Restaurants, bars and other food or drink establishments without dance facilities
• Non-spectator areas of sports and recreational fitness facilities, including gyms
• Cinemas
• Meeting and event spaces, including conference centres or convention centres
• Casinos, bingo halls and other gaming establishments
• Indoor areas of settings that choose to opt-in to proof of vaccination requirements.
• Allowing 50% of the usual seating capacity at sports arenas
• Allowing 50% of the usual seating capacity for concert venues and theatres
• Increasing indoor capacity limits to 25% in the remaining higher-risk settings where proof of vaccination is required, including nightclubs, restaurants where there is dancing, as well as bathhouses and sex clubs
• Increasing capacity limits for indoor weddings, funerals or religious services, rites, or ceremonies to the number of people who can maintain two metres of physical distance
• Capacity limits are removed if the location opts-in to use proof of vaccination or if the service, rite, or ceremony is occurring outdoors
• Capacity limits in indoor public settings such as grocery stores, pharmacies, retail and shopping malls will be at the number of people who can maintain two metres of physical distancing
• Businesses may still choose to require proof of vaccination
• Masking rules will remain in effect but the timeline for lifting masking mandates to come

Starting February 18 at 8:00 am:

  • Expanding booster dose eligibility to youth aged 12 to 17
  • Appointments can be booked through the provincial booking system and the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre, as well as at select pharmacies administering the Pfizer vaccine. Appointments will be booked for approximately six months (168 days) after a second dose. To book an appointment online, individuals must be 12 years old at the time of appointment.

List of Vaccine Clinics available here

Starting March 1:

• Capacity limits in indoor settings and proof-of-vaccination system will be removed

Full details are available here.

Province Expands Access to Free Rapid Tests

The province will be making 44 million rapid tests available to the public for free over the coming weeks. Starting February 9, over 2,300 participating grocery and pharmacy locations will provide free rapid tests while supplies last, with a limit of one box of five tests per household per visit.

Participating retailers will receive additional supply from the province each week and have the ability to determine how tests are distributed in order to best serve the community, including through appointment bookings, at checkout or through online orders. 

The province intends to bring additional locations online in the coming weeks, including independent grocers and pharmacies. A list of participating retailers as well as information on how retail locations are distributing rapid test kits can be found at Ontario.ca/rapidtest.

Ontario’s COVID-19 Science Advisory Table is urging people to change the way they use rapid antigen tests after determining the regular nasal swabs are less sensitive to the Omicron variant. The tests can be more accurate if both cheeks are swabbed, in addition to the back of the tongue or throat, prior to going up the nose.

The science table suggests following these steps:

  • Swab the inside of both cheeks, between the cheek and gums while rotating the swab for 5 seconds.
  • Then swab the arch at the back of the mouth for another 5 seconds in a circular fashion. 
  • Finally, insert the swab about 2 cm into the nose and gently wipe around the inside of the nostril about 3-4 times.
  • Repeat these steps in the other nostril.
  • Use the same swab for cheeks, throat and nostrils.

Dr. Peter Juni said that you “should not rely on a single negative test, and should have two tests, perhaps 48 hours or more apart.”

A nasal sample alone is about 68% effective in detecting Omicron while a combined nasal and throat sample is about 82% accurate. A positive result using a rapid test can be considered accurate.

OHIP Card Renewal Deadline Extended to Sep 30

After months of advocacy from our NDP team, the province is extending the deadline to renew health cards from February 28 to September 30, 2022. Ontario residents will be able to continue using expired health cards until the new September deadline. However, the deadline to renew drivers licenses, license stickers and other vehicle products remains February 28. Health card renewal information is available here.

The extension to renew expired health cards is welcome, but we want to ensure that the new system is fully functioning well before the September deadline. At the moment, Ontarians need to hold an Ontario driver’s license to be able to renew their health card online. The NDP is calling on the Ford government to allow government-issued photo ID to be accepted for online health card renewals as soon as possible. Requiring a driver’s license reduces accessibility for seniors and people with certain disabilities and it is discriminatory. Our province must be AODA compliant and it’s time for our government that prioritizes people with disabilities to make Ontario accessible and inclusive for all.

Anyone having difficulties renewing their health card should contact ServiceOntario at 1-866-532-3161 (TTY: 1-800-387-5559) to inquire about options for their specific situation.

Extracurricular Activities, Non-Urgent Surgeries Resume

Dr. Kieran Moore announced that all extracurricular activities, including high-contact sports, music and choir, can resume immediately in Ontario schools. Students and other participants will be required to wear a mask while on school premises but may temporarily remove their mask where required.

Health Minister Christine Elliott said the province will also be resuming non-urgent surgeries and other procedures due to the “steady decline” in hospitalizations and intensive care admissions from COVID-19.

Latest Reopening Guidelines

On Monday, January 31, we welcomed the reopening of restaurants and businesses at 50% capacity. Below are further guidelines:

  • Most businesses are not required to collect contact information from patrons. (Still not clear on which businesses are required)
  • People will no longer be legally required to work at home, though it is still recommended that people who can work from home continue to do so in order to limit their contacts.
  • Food and drink will be allowed at indoor sporting events, concert venues, theatres and cinemas, bingo halls and other gaming establishments, racing tracks and other similar venues.
  • People will be required to remain seated while eating or drinking at the venues.
  • Masks will still be required when patrons are not eating or drinking.
  • QR codes will be the only accepted form of proof of vaccination upon reopening.
  • Some healthcare services will resume including pediatrics, diagnostic services, cancer screening, some ambulatory clinics, private hospitals and independent health facilities.

Regarding serving alcohol and hours:

  • The  Ministry responded to our inquiry and said: “Limits on opening hours will be taken away on January 31st. However, restaurants still have to follow the Alcohol and Gaming Commission’s (AGCO) rules on when alcohol can be dispensed in Ontario.”
  •  The AGCO has not received any updated hours from the Ministry of the Attorney General’s Office.

If you have questions about what will be open or impacts to your business or employment, call the Stop the Spread Business Information Line at 1-888-444-3659.

Visiting Restrictions Eased at Long-Term Care Homes

Starting February 7, the maximum number of designated caregivers per resident is increasing from two to four and will continue to be subject to a limit of two per resident at one time. In addition, residents who have had at least three doses of COVID-19 vaccine will be able to resume social day trips.

Starting February 21, general visitors five years and older who have had at least two doses of COVID-19 vaccine will be able to resume visits to long-term care residents. The number of visitors at a time, per resident will also increase from two to three, including caregivers. In addition, all residents, regardless of vaccination status, will be able to resume social day trips, and residents who have had at least three vaccine doses will be able to enjoy overnight social absences.

More information available here.

Ontario Launches Long-Term Care Homefinder

The Ontario government has launched a Long-Term Care Homefinder, a new website and search tool to provide prospective residents and their families with a one-stop-shop to find and compare long-term care homes across the province. Each home has a profile page with information about waiting lists, staff vaccination rates, amenities, inspection reports and other information. This is said to be part of the province’s plan to fix long-term care.

With rising cases of COVID-19 infections in both residents and staff, mass staff shortages, and residents confined to rooms for days, even weeks, at a time, much more is needed to fix the crisis in long-term care. The NDP continues to call for an urgent staffing plan to deal with this crisis including an immediate raise for personal support workers (PSWs), hazard pay, N95 masks, and a real program for paid sick days. As importantly, we need a full-time Minister to focus on the urgent task at hand.

COVID-19 Antiviral Treatment for Immunocompromised

Paxlovid, the oral antiviral pill, was approved by Health Canada on January 17, 2022. While it is not a replacement for vaccination, the treatment is intended for those who are at a higher risk of severe outcomes that may lead to hospitalization. 

Ontario has received limited quantities and announced that it will be prioritizing the following:

  • immunocompromised individuals (PDF) aged 18 and over regardless of vaccine status
  • unvaccinated individuals aged 60 and over
  • unvaccinated First Nation, Inuit and Métis individuals aged 50 and over
  • unvaccinated individuals aged 50 and over with one or more risk factors (PDF)
  • must also have a tested positive COVID-19 to receive treatment

More information available here.

Province Seeking Advice on Expanding Health and Wellness Benefits

The Ontario government is seeking advice on designing a plan that provides workers with benefits such as health, dental and vision care, even if they change jobs. Currently, millions of people, including those working in retail, the gig economy and hospitality have limited or no benefits coverage. To start, the government intends to create and appoint an advisory panel that will look at how benefits could reside with the worker and will provide recommendations on how best to administer the new program. More information available here.

Ontario Reopening at 50% Capacity on Jan 31

The Ontario government announced it will slowly be reopening over the next three months. Full details here.

Starting Monday, January 31 at 12:01 am, the following will be able to reopen at 50% capacity, including:

  • Restaurants, bars and other food establishments without dancing
  • Retailers, including shopping malls
  • Gyms, recreational fitness facilities and non-spectator areas of sports
  • Meeting and event spaces
  • Museums, galleries, aquariums, zoos and similar attractions
  • Casinos, bingo halls and other gaming establishments
  • Recreational amenities, amusement parks and water parks
  • Religious services, rites and ceremonies
  • Sporting events, theatres, arenas, concert venues at 50% capacity or up to 500 people (whichever is less)

Updated reopening guidelines:

  • Social gatherings are permitted with 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors. 
  • Most businesses are not required to collect contact information from patrons.
  • People will no longer be legally required to work at home, though it is still recommended that people who can work from home continue to do so in order to limit their contacts.
  • Food and drink will be allowed at indoor sporting events, concert venues, theatres and cinemas, bingo halls and other gaming establishments, racing tracks and other similar venues.
  • People will be required to remain seated while eating or drinking at the venues.
  • Masks will still be required when patrons are not eating or drinking.
  • Enhanced proof of vaccination and masking requirements will remain in place.
  • QR codes will be the only accepted form of proof of vaccination.
  • Some healthcare services will resume including pediatrics, diagnostic services, cancer screening, some ambulatory clinics, private hospitals and independent health facilities.

Regarding serving alcohol and hours:

  • We contacted the Ministry regarding hours for serving alcohol. They responded that, “Limits on opening hours will be taken away on the January 31st. However, restaurants still have to follow the alcohol and gaming commissions rules on when alcohol can be dispensed in Ontario.”
  • The AGCO has not received any updated hours from the Ministry of the Attorney General’s Office.
    If you have questions about what will be open or impacts to your business or employment, call the Stop the Spread Business Information Line at 1-888-444-3659.

On Monday, February 21, the following is expected:

  • Social gathering limits increase to 25 people indoors and 100 people outdoors
  • Removing capacity on all indoor spaces where proof of vaccination is required 
  • Spectator capacity of up to 50% at sports, concert and other similar venues
  • Indoor spaces where proof of vaccination is not required allowed capacity where people can maintain two metres physical distance
  • Increasing indoor capacity limits to 25% for remaining high-risk settings where proof of vaccination is required (nightclubs, wedding receptions with dancing, bathhouses, sex clubs)

On Monday, March 14, all capacity limits on indoor spaces are expected to be lifted. Proof-of-vaccination requirements will remain in place where they already exist. All capacity limits will be lifted for religious services, rites and ceremonies, and social gatherings of up to 50 people indoors will be permitted, with no limit for outdoors.

While we all want the cycle of shutdowns and reopenings to stop, any reopening now must come with other protective measures. The NDP is calling for:

  • A minimum 10 permanent paid sick days for all
  • Access to COVID testing 
  • Vaccine passports to be required in non-essential retail, LCBOs and cannabis stores

For people whose surgery has been canceled more than once, and for parents, teachers and education workers it’s frustrating not knowing what data this decision is based on, and shocking that there is no plan to help them. This government should be transparent and release the data, and the advice, this decision was based on.

COVID-19 Antiviral Treatment for Immunocompromised

Paxlovid, the oral antiviral pill, was approved by Health Canada on January 17, 2022. While it is not a replacement for vaccination, the treatment is intended for those who are at a higher risk of severe outcomes that may lead to hospitalization. 

Ontario has received limited quantities and announced that it will be prioritizing the following:

  • immunocompromised individuals (PDF) aged 18 and over regardless of vaccine status
  • unvaccinated individuals aged 60 and over
  • unvaccinated First Nation, Inuit and Métis individuals aged 50 and over
  • unvaccinated individuals aged 50 and over with one or more risk factors (PDF)
  • must also have a tested positive COVID-19 to receive treatment

More information available here.

Fourth Doses for Immunocompromised Ontarians

Starting January 14, moderately to severely immunocompromised people can book a fourth dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Anyone who has received a transplant, or anyone taking immune-suppressant medication will be able to book their fourth dose 84 days after their third shot.

Here is the province’s list of immune-suppressant medications.

The province has already begun administering fourth doses in long-term care homes, retirement homes and other congregate settings.

Book via the COVID-19 vaccination portal, or by calling the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900, through Indigenous-led vaccination clinics, select pharmacies and primary care settings.

COVID-19 Vaccine Resources

For public inquiries, please contact the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900 (TTY for people who are deaf, hearing-impaired or speech-impaired: 1-866-797-0007).

For resources in multiple languages to help local communication efforts in responding to COVID-19, visit Ontario’s COVID-19 communication resources webpage.

Visit Ontario’s website to learn more about how the province continues to protect the people of Ontario from COVID-19. Here are links to more helpful information:

City of Toronto Children and Vaccines

Tips for Easing Kids' Fears about Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine 

Preparing for COVID-19 Vaccinations for 5-11 Year Olds

NACI Recommendation on the Use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine (10 mcg) in children 5-11 years of age 
 

How to book an appointment: 

Click the blue “Book an Appointment” button on toronto.ca/covid-19.

Appointments will be available via the Provincial Online Booking System.
 


Health Canada Approves Pfizer Vaccine for Children

Health Canada announced that it has approved the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children 5-11 years old. The vaccine was shown to be more than 90% effective at preventing COVID-19 in children with no serious side-effects. Health Canada has determined that the benefits of the vaccine for children outweigh the risks.

The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) suggests that two doses may be offered to children with at least eight weeks between doses, and should wait at least 14 days before or after receiving another vaccine such as the flu shot. Canada is expected to receive 2.9 million child-sized doses. 

Today’s approval by Health Canada is a welcome relief for families across our province. I want to thank public health workers across our province for stepping up once again to find ways to get our children vaccinated.

Here are some links to information you may find helpful:

City of Toronto Children and Vaccines

Tips for Easing Kids' Fears about Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine 

Preparing for COVID-19 Vaccinations for 5-11 Year Olds

NACI Recommendation on the Use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine (10 mcg) in children 5-11 years of age 

Free Printing of Vaccination Receipts at Toronto Libraries

Rapid Testing Portal for Essential Businesses

  • Ontario is launching a rapid testing portal for essential businesses to access free rapid testing kits. Any essential businesses with more than 150 employees are encouraged to participate in the Provincial Antigen Screening Program by registering through the new portal. Free rapid antigen screening kits will be provided to these businesses to help screen for asymptomatic cases of COVID-19.

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:

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.