Chris Glover MPP, Spadina–Fort York

Government of Ontario

COVID-19 Vaccine Info

Vaccine Clinics

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.

Toronto Mobile #DaysofVaxtion Weekend Clinics: Complete list of clinics here

  • Starting Thursday, September 15 and running through this weekend, Toronto is aiming to help residents get fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as quickly as possible with these weekend clinics.

TTC Mobile Immunization Clinic at Union Station (65 Front St. W.) September 13-17, 8:00 am to 8:00 pm

  • Toronto Public Health is running vaccine clinics on TTC buses 
  • First and second doses for anyone born 2009 or earlier

CAMH (100 Stokes St.), Tuesdays to Fridays, 9:00 am – 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

Evangel Hall Mission (552 Adelaide St. W.), Mondays 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

  • Walk-ins for first and second doses of Pfizer

Kensington Market – TTC bus at 25 Bellevue Ave., September 19, 11 am to 6 pm

Parkdale Queen West (168 Bathurst St.), Tuesdays 2:00 to 4:00 pm

  • Walk-ins accepted
  • To book, call Sally at 416-537-2455 ext. 1265

Metro Toronto Convention Centre (255 Front St. W., North Building, Hall A) Tuesdays to Saturdays, 1:00 to 7:00 pm

  • Anyone born in 2009 or earlier to receive a first or second dose mRNA vaccine.
  • OHIP card not required for walk-ins; other form of identification needed.

Trinity Bellwoods Park (790 Queen St W.) Friday, September 17 and Saturday, September 18, 1 to 6 pm

Waterfront Neighbourhood Centre (627 Queens Quay W.) Saturdays 12-4 pm and Mondays 6-9 pm

Hospital 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.

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


Vaccine Update

Ontario Releases More Details on Vaccine Certificate Program

The Ontario government has released the regulations and guidance for businesses and organizations in implementing its proof of vaccination program. Starting September 22, 2021 the government will require proof of immunization in select settings with the goal of limiting COVID-19 transmission and outbreaks, encouraging more Ontarians to get vaccinated, and supporting businesses to remain open.

The government is now setting a target of getting 90% of Ontarians with both doses of a vaccine. As of Tuesday morning, 84.49% of eligible Ontarians had received one dose of a vaccine, and 78.2% had received two doses. To further increase vaccine uptake, the province is continuing its last mile strategy to reach eligible individuals who have yet to receive a first or second dose.

Proof of vaccination rules apply only to customers, not staff. Businesses are able to implement their own proof of vaccination policy if they are not covered by the government’s regulations, but would be required to seek their own legal advice. Public health and workplace safety measures continue to apply, including masking, screening and contact tracing.

An individual is considered fully vaccinated if they have received:

  • The full series of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by Health Canada, or any combination of such vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson)
  • One or two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada, followed by one dose of a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine authorized by Health Canada
  • Three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada
  • The final dose of a COVID-19 vaccine received at least 14 days before proof of vaccination is provided

Providing proof of vaccination:

  • Customers must provide proof of vaccination and ID at the point of entry
  • Paper or PDF receipts (on a mobile device) can be shown
  • Receipt must show that the holder is fully vaccinated    
  • Businesses must review and confirm proof of vaccination and ID
  • Person’s name and date of birth on ID must match the vaccination receipt
  • Customers are not allowed to enter a business if the name and DOB on both documents do not match

Photo ID is accepted but not required. Accepted forms of ID: 

  • Birth certificate
  • Citizenship card
  • Driver’s licence
  • Government (Ontario or other) issued identification card, including health card
  • Indian Status Card / Indigenous Membership Card
  • Passport
  • Permanent Resident card

Businesses where proof of vaccination will be required:

  • Restaurants and bars (excluding outdoor patios, delivery and takeout)
  • Nightclubs, including outdoor areas
  • Meeting and event spaces like banquet halls and convention centres
  • Sports and fitness facilities and gyms, with the exception of youth recreational sports
  • Sporting events
  • Casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments
  • Concerts, music festivals, theatres and cinemas
  • Strip clubs, bath houses and sex clubs
  • Racing venues
  • Indoor areas of waterparks
  • Areas of commercial TV, where studio audiences will be treated as patrons who have to be fully vaccinated

Some exemptions:

  • Workers, contractors, repair workers, delivery workers, students, volunteers, inspectors or others who are entering the business or organization for work purposes and not as patrons
  • When a patron enters an indoor area solely to use a washroom, pay for an order or access an outdoor area that can only be accessed through an indoor route
  • When a patron enters an indoor area to place or pick up an order (including placing a bet or picking up winnings at a horse racing track), to purchase admission, to make a retail purchase, and for the “necessary purposes of health and safety” 
  • Children under 12 years old
  • Patrons under 18 years old who are entering the indoor premises of a recreational facility solely for the purpose of actively participating in an organized sport
  • Weddings, funerals, rites or ceremonies, when the patron is not attending the associated social gathering (e.g. the reception after a wedding ceremony)
  • Patrons with a written document from a physician or a nurse practitioner stating they are exempt for medical reasons

Enforcement:

  • All provincial offence officers: by-law, police, public health inspectors, regulatory officers from ministries and agencies can enforce proof of vaccination 
  • Non-compliance by individuals and business can result in charges and fines   
  • Provincial offence officers may take a measured approach to enforcing orders that balance public safety, health and other risks businesses owners are managing   
  • Starting this week, officers are visiting businesses and organizations to raise awareness of new proof of vaccination requirements   
  • The government will also provide information on tools and resources to help businesses and organizations implement the necessary COVID-19 safety plan measures – e.g. workplace violence and harassment measures   
  • In the event of harassment or threats of violence, contact law enforcement 

The province says guidance for businesses will be updated before October 22 when the QR codes will be implemented and will contain the same information as on current vaccine receipts. The Ministry of Health will be looking into issuing an exemption for anyone that does not want to use the QR code system and can continue to use the print version after October 22 if they choose. Businesses will be able to download a free app to scan and verify QR codes after that date.

Businesses and organizations can submit questions to the Ministry of Health here.

The official opposition NDP believe that the government’s certificate program is coming too late, and the list of exemptions is long and confusing, once again putting the onus on our small businesses who are already struggling. With this long list of exemptions and loopholes, this government is not putting public health first. 

The government should be reaching out to people having challenges getting a vaccine. We need a solid vaccine certificate program and Safety Zones to stop aggressive protestors from interfering at businesses, hospitals and clinics.

Public Health Measures in Schools

  • In keeping with provincial guidance, several public health measures are in place in schools to protect students and staff including masking, and cohorting students. Toronto Public Health (TPH) also continues to recommend frequent hand washing, cleaning protocols, and for staff and students to complete TPH’s screening questionnaire or the provincial school screening tool each day, and for schools to confirm the completion of the screen. The Ontario Ministry of Education has also announced a vaccination policy for school staff.

TPH completes an investigation for all laboratory-confirmed cases related to schools. Principals are recommended to follow TPH's COVID-19 Decision Guide for Principals to Dismiss Cohorts to Self-Isolate, which explains when to dismiss affected cohorts while allowing those who are fully vaccinated to continue to attend school as long as they have no symptoms. 

TPH declares an outbreak if there are two or more lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases in students and/or staff in a school with an epidemiological link within 14 days. This means that there is at least one case that could have reasonably acquired their infection in school, which includes transportation and before and after school care.  

Active school outbreaks are posted on TPH’s Active Outbreaks dashboard, under the “Schools” tab. The dashboard is updated five times per week, from Monday to Friday, except on statutory holidays. TPH will also share school cohort dismissal and outbreaks via Twitter at 5 p.m., from Monday to Friday. 

Last week, TPH announced a pause on all extracurricular activities during the month of September. This pause will allow school boards to gradually re-open after months of online learning, and support better contact tracing amidst the more contagious Delta variant. Schools are reintroducing protocols around infection prevention and control as part of health guidelines. This gradual introduction allows students and educators to adapt to these safety measures and ensure a smooth beginning to the school year. 

The late notice about the change followed new modelling from the province’s science table and talk of the need for fewer interactions to help keep COVID-19 in check, something echoed by Dr. Theresa Tam, the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada.

Ontario’s Digital Identification Program

  • Ontario will be launching a digital identification program later this year. Ontarians will have an electronic version of their government ID (i.e. driver’s licence, health card) which will be stored in a digital wallet app. The app will be available for download onto smartphones and other devices.

  

The digital ID will allow people and businesses to prove who they are both online and in person, and it offers more privacy to users. For example, if you need to prove you’re 18, the verifier will only know you are over 18 and not your date of birth or actual age.  

The digital ID is not stored in a central database, it is only saved on your own personal device and can be turned off if your device is stolen. The government will not be able to track you or know where you used your digital ID. The digital ID is not usable without your permission, you must consent before sharing any information.

Ontario’s digital ID will also be able to be used in relation to the vaccine certificate program which is set to launch on September 22, 2021. The program requires government-issued ID to be used alongside the vaccine certificate.  

The digital ID will be available to use at the settings below (this list is set to increase over the years as the program develops):

  • Making an age-sensitive purchase (like a lottery ticket) 
  • Picking up a package at the post office 
  • Applying for government assistance (such as disability support) or benefits (such as CERB or EI) 
  • To access and use vaccination records 
  • Opening a bank account 
  • Making a medical appointment 
  • Visiting a doctor 
  • To access medical records online 
  • Get, renew or replace a driver’s licence 
  • Apply for, renew or replace a health card 
  • Renew or replace a licence plate sticker 

For more information on Ontario’s digital ID program, please visit the website. 

Ontario Announces Proof-of-Vaccination Program 

Starting September 22, all Ontario residents will be required to show proof of receiving both doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days earlier in order to be in certain settings including:

  • Eating inside restaurants and bars
  • Working out inside gyms and fitness centres
  • Nightclubs, cinemas, theatres, strip clubs, casinos and bingo halls
  • Concerts, music events, sporting events, and large, organized gatherings in indoor settings
  • Meeting and event spaces (banquet halls, convention centres)
  • Proof of vaccination requirements will apply only to customers, not staff

Proof of vaccination will not be required for: 

  • Places where masks are mandated at all times
  • Retail shopping 
  • Outdoor dining and patios
  • Personal services
  • Attending workplaces and religious services
  • Attending essential businesses, including grocery stores, pharmacies, and banks
  • Accessing government services

Exemptions will be given to those who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons and for children under the age of 12, who are not currently eligible to be immunized in Ontario. 

From September 22 to October 12, unvaccinated individuals will be given a temporary exemption to attend funeral or wedding receptions at meeting and events spaces provided they show a negative COVID-19 test result 48 hours prior.

Ontarians will be expected to use the paper or PDF vaccine receipt they were previously given, along with photo identification to prove that they have been fully immunized. The province is also currently working on an app where people will be provided a QR code that contains information regarding their vaccination status and businesses will be able to read the code. Users will also be required to show photo identification along with the QR code. Acceptable forms of identification will be announced before September 22.

The province says it will migrate to the QR code system by October 22 and it will be compatible with the systems used by other provinces and the federal government. Processes are still being established for those with no email, health card or photo ID but more information is expected in the coming weeks. Medical exemptions will not immediately be integrated into the QR code system but officials said they plan to include that feature at a later date. The province said detailed guidance will be provided to businesses on how to implement the vaccine certificate program in advance of September 22.

The program is said to be temporary and aims to reduce overall transmission in the community and encourage vaccine uptake as a high level of vaccination will be required to reach herd immunity with the more transmissible Delta variant. Unvaccinated individuals are seven times more likely to get a symptomatic infection, 27 times more likely to end up in hospital, and 42 times more likely to end up in intensive care.

Those who do not comply with the program will be fined under the Reopening Ontario Act, with fines varying depending on the offence – $750 for individuals and $1000 for businesses.

How to obtain your vaccine receipt:

  • If you have a green photo OHIP card, go to this link to download or print your vaccination receipt. You will be asked to provide your date of birth and postal code.
  • If you have a red-and-white health card, you will need to call the Provincial Vaccine Booking Line at 1-833-943-3900 to access your documents.
  • If you received your first or second dose outside of Ontario, contact that local public health unit and request your vaccination information.
  • All other vaccine certificate questions can be directed to the Provincial Vaccine Information Line at 1-888-999-6488.

Read the Ontario News release here.

Read the Frequently Asked Questions here.

Health Canada Approves Moderna for Children 12 and Older

  • Health Canada announced that it has authorized the Moderna vaccine for children as young as 12 to help in the fight against COVID-19. The decision comes just weeks before children across the province go in-class learning.

A total of 3,732 adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17 were enrolled in the study and randomly received either two doses of the vaccine or placebo 28 days apart. All participants will be followed for the assessment of safety, efficacy and immunogenicity for up to one year after receiving a second dose.

Health Canada says that the most common adverse reactions for the group that received the vaccine was pain or swelling at the injection site, fatigue and headaches that lasted one to three days. The agency concluded that vaccine efficacy in adolescents 12 to 17 years of age is consistent with that in the adult population.

Ontario Announces New Vaccine Policy for Health Care and Education Workers, Pauses Further Reopening 

  • Ontario has announced a new vaccine policy for health care and education workers. The new policy is to be implemented in high-risk settings no later than September 7. 

Employees, staff, contractors, students, and volunteers at hospitals and home and community care settings will, at a minimum, have to provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19, have a medical reason for not being vaccinated, or complete a vaccination educational session. People in these settings who do not provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 will be required to undertake regular testing.

The Ministry of Education will also introduce a vaccination disclosure policy for all publicly-funded school board employees, as well as staff in private schools and licenced child care settings. Rapid COVID-19 testing will be required for staff who are not fully immunized against COVID-19. 

Vaccination policies will also be implemented in other high-risk settings, including:

  • Post-secondary institutions
  • Licenced retirement homes
  • Women’s shelters
  • Congregate group homes and day programs for adults with developmental disabilities
  • Children’s treatment centres and other services for children with special needs
  • Licensed children’s residential settings

The government also announced that it will be indefinitely pausing any further reopening due to the risk of the Delta variant. The Chief Medical Officer of Health said they will continue to monitor the data to determine when it is safe to move beyond Step 3 of the Reopening Plan and lift the majority of safety measures currently in place.

My colleagues and I in the Official Opposition don’t believe this announcement goes far  enough. With COVID-19 cases on the rise and the first day of school only three weeks away, we need to put the safety of children and vulnerable people first. No unvaccinated person should be in a classroom or health care setting. A test just once per week is not the same as a mandatory vaccine. This government is not requiring anyone – from long-term care to child care – to get a vaccine. This government is still refusing to implement a vaccine certificate program, which is absolutely critical to protect people’s health, protect our progress, and keep non-essential businesses safely running.

Ontario to Offer Third Doses for Vulnerable Groups, Shots for 11-year-olds

  • Ontario will be administering third doses of COVID-19 vaccines to immuno-compromised people and the elderly. Third doses are being offered to counter the impact of the Delta variant. Recent studies have shown that antibodies created through vaccination can begin to wane several months after doses one and two, in the elderly and other vulnerable populations.

The following groups will be eligible for third doses:

  • Organ transplant recipients (8 weeks after second dose)
  • Those diagnosed with hematological cancers undergoing targeted therapy
  • Rituximab, ocrelizumab or ofatumumab drug recipients
  • Long-term care, retirement home and First Nation elder care lodge residents (5 months after second dose)

Starting Wednesday, August 18, anyone born in 2009 turning 12 by the end of the year will be eligible to book a Pfizer vaccine appointment through the provincial booking system, public health unit, pharmacies or walk-in vaccination clinics.

Officials have said that Ontario has closely monitored data from Alberta and British Columbia in making this decision, and these provinces have offered the Pfizer vaccine to youth born in 2009 for several months with no risks identified.

Ontario Schools to Run COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics

  • The province announced that local public health units and boards will be required to host COVID-19 immunization clinics. The school clinics are expected to run before the school year begins and in the first few weeks of classes. Clinics can run before, during or after school hours, either on school property or off-site in partnership with the school board.

This strategy is to make it easy for unvaccinated students, families and staff to get their shots before they return to classrooms next month. Youth aged 12 to 17 have the lowest vaccination rate of eligible age cohorts in Ontario, with 69% having received one dose and 55% fully vaccinated. There are currently no COVID-19 vaccines approved in Canada for children under 12.

For months, my colleagues and I have been calling on this government to reach out to families and work with them to ensure every eligible student is fully vaccinated before September. This plan for school clinics simply doesn’t go far enough and more must be done to overcome barriers to vaccination.

GO-VAXX Buses Serve as Mobile Vaccine Clinics

  • The Ontario government has partnered with Metrolinx and have converted two GO buses that will serve as mobile vaccine clinics at malls, festivals, community hubs and events throughout the summer and fall. Each bus is fully accessible and operates as a fully functioning vaccine clinic with the necessary supplies and trained staff to provide assistance to people and ensure vaccines are administered safely. All COVID-19 safety precautions will be followed on board, including the required pre-vaccination screening and post-vaccination monitoring. GO-VAXX buses are administering the Pfizer vaccine. No appointments are needed. See the GO-VAXX bus schedule here.

If you are interested in having a GO-VAXX bus visit your community, please contact [email protected].

Support for Mandatory Vaccines for Health Care and Education Workers 

  • My NDP colleagues and I support mandatory vaccination in health care and education, based on science and public health priorities. We have to protect the most vulnerable among us — including children who can’t yet be vaccinated, the elderly, people who are sick and people with disabilities.

    The president of the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario said that “vaccines should absolutely be mandatory for health care workers, as well as teachers, and workers in other industries, barring special medical circumstances.” Currently, health care workers are not required to tell patients whether or not they are vaccinated.

    The Premier responded that while he supports hospitals requiring negative COVID-19 tests for unvaccinated workers, he will not force health care workers or any one else to get vaccinated.

    University Health Network announced that it will be implementing a new policy on August 9 that will require staff that choose not to disclose their vaccination status to take a rapid at-home COVID-19 test and report the result at least 48 hours prior to coming to work. Those employees will also have to participate in an education session about vaccination. Exemptions will be made for any employees who have a documented medical reason for not being vaccinated.

All City-run Vaccination Clinics Now Open for Walk-ins

  • The City of Toronto vaccination clinics will open to youth and adult walk-ins between noon and 7:00 pm. Eligible residents who need a second dose and those who have yet to receive a first dose can be vaccinated immediately. Anyone taking advantage of the walk-in option to accelerate their second dose should cancel any existing second dose appointment, whether at a City-run or partner clinic. Walk-ins should always prepare for a short wait that may include time lining up outdoors.

All people age 12 and older can also book first dose or accelerated second dose vaccination appointment through the blue “Book a Vaccine” button at toronto.ca/covid-19 or by calling the provincial vaccine booking line at 1-833-943-3900.

Science Advisory Table Suggests Vaccine Certificates 

  • Ontario’s COVID-19 Science Advisory Table published a report on Wednesday suggesting that “vaccine certificates” could help speed up the reopening as well as encourage more people to get vaccinated. The summary said that the certificates “may be useful as verifiable, secure, standardized, and accessible electronic or paper records of immunization” and could be used to allow people to enter places like indoor dining, bars, and gyms. The certificates could allow the reopening of these “high-risk settings sooner and/or at increased capacity.”

The documents may also be useful if the province faces further waves of COVID-19 due to variants and health measures have to be reintroduced. The table has raised concerns that organizations and sectors will create their own systems if there is no government regulation. Governments would also need to determine where the certificates would be prohibited, such as for essential services and healthcare.

The Premier has been against the implementation of a vaccine passport system in Ontario. The science table said that certificates are different from passports, as they would be used for domestic purposes, not for international travel.

Anyone 12+ Now Eligible to Book a Vaccine

  • On Monday, July 5, everyone age 12 and older became eligible to book an accelerated second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Children between the ages of 12 and 17 are only eligible for the Pfizer vaccine. Second dose appointments can be booked by anyone who received a first dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine at least 28 days ago or a first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine at least eight weeks ago. More information on second dose eligibility can be found here: COVID-19 vaccines: getting your second dose

You can access the online booking system here: Ontario.ca/bookvaccine

When booking an appointment, you will be asked for information from your green Ontario health card, birth date, postal code and email address and/or phone number. People who still have a red and white health card, or who require assistance with booking, can call and book through the COVID-19 Vaccine Call Centre at 1-833-943-3900

Using a smartphone, residents can text VACCINE to 1-833-750-0888 and choose to receive COVID-19 booking information in Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Tagalog, Tamil, Urdu, Spanish, Portuguese, Farsi, Korean, Italian, French, Bengali, Vietnamese and Gujarati. Users can also enter their postal code to receive a list of City of Toronto-run clinics and pharmacies offering vaccinations nearest to them. Here’s the City of Toronto Information page on how to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

Vaccine Receipts Available Online

  • If you are missing or have misplaced your vaccine receipt, the provincial government has made them available online. Although vaccinated individuals should have received both printed and emailed confirmation following their vaccination, a digital copy can now be accessed at covid19.ontariohealth.ca. Individuals can log in using their OHIP number, date of birth and postal code, and click on “vaccine receipts” to view and print their receipt. This could be useful for anyone requiring proof of their immunized status.

AstraZeneca Second Doses Available; Province Approves Mixing and Matching Vaccines

  • Ontario residents who received AstraZeneca are eligible to book their second dose at an eight-to-twelve-week interval. They can book a second dose by contacting the pharmacy or primary care provider where they received their first dose.

  • People who received a first dose of AstraZeneca will also have the choice to book a second dose of an mRNA vaccine like Pfizer or Moderna. Those opting for an mRNA vaccine can schedule their second dose through a participating pharmacy offering Pfizer or Moderna.

The list of pharmacies can be found here: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/vaccine-locations

Second shots of a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine can be booked through the provincial booking system or local health units starting next week.

Toronto Offering In-Home Second 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.

Vaccination Appointments and Walk-ins Available at City-Run Clinics 

  • Appointments and walk-ins are available at City-run immunization clinics. Open to anyone born in 2009 (turning 12 by end of the year) or earlier. 

    To book your appointment, visit: https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/
    If you need assistance, or to book by phone, please call: 1-833-943-3900

Residents will need to provide their provincial health card number, birthdate, postal code and email and/or mobile phone number. At the time of booking, residents will schedule their first vaccination appointment and an appointment to receive their second dose.

Rapid Screening Kits for Small Businesses

The City of Toronto has partnered with the Toronto Region Board of Trade to provide free COVID-19 rapid screening kits to small- and medium-sized businesses across Toronto. Businesses in Toronto with 150 or fewer employees are welcome to participate in this voluntary initiative. Click here to learn more.

Eligible businesses can visit https://bot.com/rapidscreening to order their initial four-week supply of testing kits from the Toronto Region Board of Trade and book a time slot for pickup. The kits will be available for scheduled pickup at the following locations beginning Friday, June 18:

  • Etobicoke Civic Centre, 399 The West Mall
  • North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge St.
  • Scarborough Civic Centre, 150 Borough Dr.
  • Fort York Visitor Centre, 250 Fort York Blvd.

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 Second 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.

Need assistance?

  • For Step-by-Step Instructions on how to book, please click this link.
  • People can also call 1-888-385-1910 for assistance to complete pre-registration forms and book appointments at local vaccine clinics operated by participating hospitals and OHTs.