COVID-19 Vaccine Update 8

Updated information as of April 12, 2021

Stan Cho

April 12, 2021

Information on vaccines changes rapidly so I hope this e-newsletter gives you the important facts you need regarding COVID-19 vaccines.

I hope you were able to participate in my townhall meeting on the vaccine roll-out last week with doctors from North York General Hospital available to answer questions.

Vaccination for Hot Spots in Willowdale

Effective today, Willowdalers who live in area codes that begin with M2M or M2R can get their vaccines at a “pop up” centre. Baycrest Arena (160 Neptune Drive) and North York General Hospital are the locations open for people over 18 in either postal code. 

Please call 1-888-385-1910 or visit the online portal book an appointment and to answer any of your questions. Appointments are subject to vaccine availability so call ahead for information.

Please do not go directly to a clinic without an appointment.

Pharmacies are administering vaccines for those 55 and older. Contact your local pharmacy if they have supplies of the vaccines and are taking appointments.

Vaccines are also available at Mitchell Field Community Centre for those aged 60 and older. You can book through the City’s web portal or by calling 1-888-999-6488. I hear very good things about booking at Mitchel Field; it’s quick and well organized.

By the end of April, 1,500 pharmacies will hopefully have vaccines available.

North York General and North York Toronto Health Partners are booking appointments online for eligible populations. Vaccines are strictly by appointment only. There are no walk-ins. Here is how to book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment.

Some things to keep in mind when you go for your vaccine appointment:

  • Please try to arrive just before your appointment. Many people are arriving an hour or two before their appointments, resulting in long delays;
  • Take your walker or a portable chair with you if you have trouble standing for a long time;
  • Try to limit the number of people helping you to one.

Faith leaders are also eligible to receive their COVID-19 vaccination shot at North York General Hospital, as they are at increased risk of expose to the virus through close contact with persons in end of life care, funerals and other ceremonies. Remember to take some ID with you to prove you are a faith leader. 

On the good news front, 100% of long-term care residents have received their first dose of the vaccine and 90% have received their second dose. There has not been a death in a long-term care home in Toronto since March 19, 2021, proof that the vaccines are working.

Some things to keep in mind when you go for your vaccine appointment:

  • Please try to arrive just before your appointment. Many people are arriving an hour or two before their appointments, resulting in long delays;
  • Take your walker or a portable chair with you if you have trouble standing for a long time;
  • Try to limit the number of people helping you to one.

The virus and new variants of the virus remain a real threat, so please continue to follow all public health guidelines.

 

Stay safe,

Stan Cho

Member of Provincial Parliament for Willowdale