COVID-19 Vaccine Update 2

Updated information as of February 17, 2021

Stan Cho

February 17, 2021

You are receiving this e-mail because you have contacted my office recently looking for information on the COVID-19 virus or the vaccine.

As you know, the City of Toronto remains in "lockdown". However, there is light at the end of the tunnel, as parts of the province begin transitioning back to the colour-coded health-restrictions framework as case numbers continue to decline. That being said, we continue to monitor the situation and won’t hesitate to impose stricter measures if cases rise.

Phase 1 Continues

We are currently in Phase 1 of the province's vaccination program which is focused on vaccinating high risk populations including:

  • Staff and essential caregivers in long-term care homes, high-risk retirement homes and First Nations elder care homes, and any residents of these settings that have not yet received a first dose of vaccine.
  • Alternative level of care patients in hospitals who have a confirmed admission to a long-term care home, retirement home or other congregate care home for seniors.
  • Highest-priority health-care workers, followed by very high priority health-care workers, in keeping with the Ministry of Health's guidance.
  • Indigenous adults in northern remote and higher-risk communities, including on reserves and in urban communities.

We recently announced that we are expanding the prioritized groups in Phase 1 to include people 80 years of age and older even if they do not live in congregate care settings. We'll have more details on how these individuals can book a vaccine appointment in the coming weeks. 

The Government is currently developing a web portal and call center for eligible individuals to book vaccine appointments. I will provide you with more details on how to access these tools and how to book an appointment as soon as they're available.

Vaccines will be available to lower-risk individuals in the general public in Phase 3, which is currently scheduled to begin in July or August, 2021.

Mass Vaccination Center in Willowdale

Toronto will be opening nine COVID-19 immunization clinics in the City. Our closest vaccination station will be at Mitchell Field Community Centre, 89 Church Avenue.

Ontario currently has the capacity to vaccinate 40,000 people per day and we are quickly building to triple or quadruple that capacity to reach all Ontarians who wish to get vaccinated, as soon as we receive the vaccine from the federal government.

I will continue to provide you with details on the vaccine roll-out as soon as more information becomes available. You can always find up-to-date information on the vaccine roll-out at this link.

 

 

The virus and new variants of the virus remain a real threat, so please continue to follow public health guidelines and go out only if necessary.

Stay safe, we are almost there!