COVID-19 Vaccine Booking Expanding to Ontarians 12+ Ahead of Schedule

Published on May 23, 2021
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COVID-19 Vaccine Booking Expanding to Ontarians 12+ Ahead of Schedule

As of 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 23, 2021, youth aged 12 and over across Ontario will be eligible to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment through the provincial booking system and call centre, as well as at select pharmacies administering the Pfizer vaccine.

To book an appointment online, these individuals must already be 12 years old as of the date of their booking. Individuals who are not 12 years old on Sunday, May 23, 2021 can book an appointment for a later date through the provincial call centre.

Vaccine bookings for all eligible groups at the City of Toronto's mass vaccination centres can be made at http://ontario.ca/bookvaccine or by phone at 1-888-999-6488.  Participating pharmacy locations can be found at http://ontario.ca/pharmacycovidvaccine

In addition to clinics offered through the provincial booking system, a number of local Hospitals and Ontario Health Teams offer their own mobile and pop-up vaccination clinics. Note that only clinics offering the Pfizer vaccine will accept individuals under the age of 18: 

North Toronto Ontario Health Team / Baycrest Arena: This clinic operates by appointment only. Bookings can be made at https://elvaccineclinic.ca/ or by calling the VaccineTO call centre at 1-888-385-1910.

Sunnybrook Hospital: This clinic operates by appointment only. Bookings can be made at https://sunnybrook.ca/content/?page=novel-coronavirus-covid-19-vaccine-information or by calling the VaccineTO call centre at 1-888-385-1910.

Humber River Hospital / Downsview Arena Pop-up:  This clinic currently operates on a first come, first serve walk-in basis and eligibility criteria varies by day. Visit https://www.hrh.ca/covax-clinic/ or check their Twitter for the most up to date information.

North York General Hospital: Mobile clinics are being offered with varied eligibility criteria, most operating by appointment. Visit http://nygh.on.ca/covid19vaccination or check their Twitter for full details. 

The changes are at the request of some public health units to remove barriers for families requesting vaccines. Public health units may have different vaccine administration rates based on local context, and the province and public health units will continue to make appointments available as vaccine supply is confirmed.

On May 18, 2021, select public health units began providing vaccines to those aged 12 and over in pop-up and mobile clinics, as well as for walk-in appointments where the Pfizer vaccine is offered. This has included First Nations, Inuit and Métis clinics that offer the Pfizer vaccine. Clinic times for youth are also planned for the weeks of June 14 and 21, 2021.

The Pfizer vaccine is currently the only COVID-19 vaccine that has been authorized by Health Canada for use in individuals aged 12 and over. In addition, the province is encouraging eligible family members who have not received a vaccine to attend these clinics to get youth and their families vaccinated as quickly as possible.

Offering the protection of the vaccine to youth aged 12 and over is a significant milestone in Ontario’s fight against COVID-19. The province is on track to have administered a first dose of COVID-19 vaccines to ten million Ontarians by the end of June and 65 per cent of Ontarians aged 18 and over before the end of May. The province expects to reach all youth aged 12 and over with a first dose before the end of June and with a second dose by the end of August 2021.

Across the province, the government is continuing to expand access to the vaccine through a variety of channels. As of Friday, May 21, 2021, an additional 600 pharmacies across the province will begin offering the Pfizer vaccine to individuals turning 18 in 2021. In addition, beginning Sunday, May 23, 2021, individuals aged 12 and over at the time of vaccination will also be eligible to book an appointment to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at pharmacies that offer Pfizer. By the end of May, over 2,400 pharmacies will be offering Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, providing convenient access across the province.

 
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