Vaccination News

November 7, 2022

** NEW **

Residents 12+ can get the BivalentBooster 3 months after their last COVID-19 dose or infection. The booster dose provides better protection from becoming very sick with COVID-19 and its variants. Book an appointment at a City of Toronto clinic:


The Ontario government is also ensuring workers do not lose pay if they miss work due to COVID-19 by extending paid sick days to March 31, 2023.


Eligible individuals aged six months and older can book an appointment through:

  • the COVID‑19 vaccination portal
  • the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at  1-833-943-3900 (TTY for people who are deaf, hearing-impaired or speech-impaired: 1-866-797-0007)
  • public health units using their own booking system
  • participating primary care providers
  • participating pharmacies
  • Indigenous-led vaccination clinics
  • the GO-VAXX bus (for ages five and older)
  • hospital clinics (for ages five and older, visit your local hospital or public health unit for booking details, if available in your region)
  • mobile or pop-up clinics (for ages five and older, visit your local public health unit website for details, if available in your region)

Ontario Expands Access to Free Rapid tests for the General Public – The Ministry of Health has announced that five million rapid tests will be made available each week to Ontarians for the following eight weeks at pharmacy and grocery stores. Households will be limited to one box of five tests per visit. There are 74 pick-up locations in Scarborough. Click here to find your nearest rapid test pick-up location.

Children Five to 11 Eligible for the COVID-19 Vaccine – Health Canada approved the pediatric Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children aged five to 11. Vaccine appointments for those 5-11 can be booked through the COVID-19 Vaccination Portal. Read more here. The Scarborough Health Network and the Scarborough Ontario Health Team is accepting pediatric bookings at for their vaccine clinics at Centenary Hospital, Centennial College Progress Campus and The Hub – SCHC Clinic. 

Scarborough Health Network Community Vaccine Clinic & Eligibility: Eligible individuals can book now at

COVID-19 Pharmacy Vaccine Locations & Eligibility: Full details on eligibility and pharmacy locations administering the COVID-19 vaccine can be found here.

Vaccine Appointment booking for residents without OHIP Cards: Resident without OHIP cards who meet current vaccine eligibility criteria can request assistance to book their vaccination appointment at a City-run immunization clinic by contacting FCJ Refugee Centre, Access Alliance or Toronto Public Health. Residents without an OHIP card may use other forms of identification to book their COVID-19 vaccination appointment through agency partners. For more details and contact information please see this page.

In-Home Vaccination for Homebound Persons:

**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. 

**If you are homebound person who does not have a Primary Care Provider, Family Health Team, Home or Community Care or Community Support Services, please contact the Toronto Seniors Help Line at 416-217-2077 or by webchat at

Additional Vaccination Resources:

Province’s Booking Portal:

Province’s Booking Phone Line: 1-833-943-3900

Provincial Vaccination Information Line: 1-888-999-6488

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Locations Map — All COVID-19 Immunization Clinics across the city, including City-run facilities, pharmacies and hospitals, are now mapped on the City’s website. Residents can search for the clinic closest to them by location or address.

Vaccines for COVID-19 Information in 15+ Different Languages: @GovCanHealth has translated important COVID19 information into over 15 languages. Watch videos and download fact sheets on topics such as travelling, vaccines and more:

Additional Supports

Do you need support booking your vaccine appointment? East Scarborough’s Guildview Pharmacy has a team that is ready to help, in 4 languages: English, Urdu, Hindi, and Cantonese. For free appointment booking support, call 416-283-5388 or visit them Monday to Friday 1:00pm – 5:00pm. Click here for flyer.

Do you need transportation to your vaccine appointment? If you are a Scarborough-based senior, adult with a disability, or adult who is immuno-compromised, you can request free transportation to and from your vaccine appointment through SCHC’s Scarborough Ride. Call 416-736-9372 or visit their webpage to book a ride. (for information about free transportation options in other parts of the City, see this City of Toronto press release about the vaccine transportation equity plan)