Updated: November 23, 2021
NEW: Vaccine bookings for 5-11 year olds now open
Beginning Tuesday, November 23rd at 8:00am, the provincial booking site will be open to children in this age group. Families can also book at participating pharmacies, and select primary care providers. Toronto Public Health's Team Toronto Kids rollout plan also includes school-based vaccine clinics to be announced soon, as well as 5 city-run clinics. Parents can also call the Provincial Vaccine Booking Line at 1-833-943-3900.
To book an appointment online, children must be turning five years old by the end of 2021 (born in 2016).
Children aged five to 11 (and turning age five in 2021) will receive the paediatric Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine which is a slightly modified, lower dose (one-third the amount given to individuals aged 12 and over), in a two-dose series at a recommended interval of eight weeks between first and second doses.
If you have questions about the vaccine or the impacts of COVID on children in this age group, you can learn more here.
NEW: Third-doses available for more eligible groups
Eligibility for third doses/booster doses was expanded to additional groups of high-risk individuals on November 6, 2021, providing them with an extra layer of protection against the Delta variant. Over the coming months, Ontario is also prepared to gradually roll out booster doses to all Ontarians aged 12 and over. Bookings can be made on the provincial booking site.
Based on the recommendation of the Chief Medical Officer of Health and in alignment with the National Advisory Committee on Immunization’s (NACI) recent recommendation, the province will begin offering booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to the following vulnerable populations if at least six months have passed since their last dose:
- Individuals aged 70 and over (born in 1951 or earlier);
- Health care workers and designated essential caregivers in congregate settings (including long-term care home and retirement home staff and designated caregivers);
- Individuals who received a complete series of a viral vector vaccine (two doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine or one dose of the Janssen vaccine); and
- First Nation, Inuit and Métis adults and their non-Indigenous household members.
Booster doses are being offered to these groups based on evidence of gradual waning immunity six months after receiving their second dose and a higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19.
The further expansion of eligibility for booster doses will be based on age and risk, with an interval of six to eight months from the second dose.
How to book a vaccine appointment:
Visit Ontario.ca/book-vaccine or call the Provincial Vaccine Booking Line at 1-833-943-3900.
Find a local pharmacy offering the vaccine here.
Local drop-in and pop-up clinics are listed here as we hear about them.
Help with the provincial online vaccine booking system
For help with your booking through the provincial online vaccine booking system, please call the Provincial Vaccine Booking Line (available in more than 300 languages) at 1-833-943-3900 (TTY for people who are deaf, hearing-impaired or speech-impaired: 1-866-797-0007).
- information is available in more than 300 languages
- this line is available 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., 7 days a week
- you may have to wait for an agent when call volumes are high
About the vaccines
All COVID-19 vaccines are tested and approved for safety and are effective against serious illness, hospitalization and death as a result of COVID-19.
Toronto Public Health fact-sheets:
Learn more about the federal government’s role in procuring and approving the vaccines here:
In the Legislature - Urging the government to deliver a plan for vaccinating kids (Nov 17)
In the Legislature - Raising your vaccine rollout concerns:
Letter to Health Minister: Davenport needs more vaccine options
On May 10, I wrote the Minister of Health to again call for support to expand opportunities for vaccination in Davenport's hot-spot postal codes. Read the letter here.
Davenport Vaccine Town Halls
In an effort to inform our community about the vaccine rollout, I have hosted 3 online community meetings with Ward 9 Councillor Ana Bailao and public health officials including Dr. Eileen De Villa, including one in Portuguese.
Portuguese-language vaccine information:
Davenport has the largest number of Portuguese-speaking residents anywhere in Canada. Many of you have asked for information to share with Portuguese-speaking neighbours and family. Toronto Public Health has provided us with links to resources, below. In addition the city is funding community organizations to hire 250 Ambassadors to work with their local communities to increase vaccine confidence and access to them.
The provincial booking hotline provides support in 300 languages.
Portuguese resources online: