Vaccination News

December 3, 2021

** VACCINATION NEWS **

*NEW* Scarborough Health Network One-Day Pop-Ups – 1st 2nd and 3rd Dose. These clinics will be vaccinating individuals for 1st Dose: Ages 5+ (born in 2016 or earlier); 2nd Dose: Received 1st dose of Pfizer 21+ days ago or AstraZeneca 8+ weeks ago; 3rd dose: Must fulfill eligibility criteria as set out by the Government of Ontario. More info on www.scarbvaccine.ca.

  • December 3 | 1:00 PM to 8:00 PM | Agincourt Mall, 3850 Sheppard Ave E
  • December 3 & 4 | 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM | Bridlewood Mall, 2900 Warden Ave
  • December 3 & 4 | 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM | Parkway Mall, 85 Ellesmere Rd

Tickets will be provided for same-day appointments on a first come, first served basis. Please bring ID or a document with your address or proof of employment, a health card if you have one, for a second dose, bring your first dose vaccination receipt. Full details at www.scarbvaccine.ca

*NEW* THIRD DOSE OF COVID-19 VACCINE NOW AVAILABLE for the following groups:

  • Individuals 50+
  • Health care workers and designated essential caregivers in congregate settings
  • Individuals who received two doses of Astra Zeneca or one dose of the Janssen vaccine
  • First Nation, Inuit and Metis adults and their non-Indigenous household members
  • Transplant recipients (including solid organ transplant and hematopoietic stem cell transplants) 
  • Individuals receiving treatment with an anti-CD20 agent (e.g. rituximab, ocrelizumab, ofatumumab), commonly used for conditions such as multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, leukemias/lymphoma etc. 
  • Individuals receiving active treatment (chemotherapy, targeted therapies, immunotherapy) for malignant hematologic disorders (e.g. Acute myeloid leukemia, chronic myeloid leukemia, acute lymphoblastic leukemia, chronic lymphocytic leukemia)

Appointments will be booked for approximately six months (168 days) after a second dose. You can book your appointment on the COVID-19 vaccination portal, by calling the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre (1-833-943-3900), through Indigenous-led vaccination clinics, select pharmacies and primary care settings.

Ontario Releases a Plan to Safely Reopen Ontario and Manage COVID-19 for the Long-Term– The plan would lift all remaining public health and workplace safety measures by March 2022.

On November 15th, the Government intends to lift capacity limits in establishments with dance facilities, strip clubs, bathhouses and sex clubs. ** UPDATE** The Government will no longer lift capacity limits in these settings on November 15th and will revaluate these restrictions 28 days from November 10th due to an incline in COVID-19 cases. Read more here.

On January 17th, proof of vaccination requirements may also begin to be gradually lifted at this time, including for: food and drink establishments, sports and recreational facilities and gaming establishments. Proof of vaccination may also be lifted at night clubs, strip clubs, bathhouses and sex clubs beginning February 7th. By March 28th, the Government hopes to lift all public health and workplace safety measures including masking and proof of vaccination.

Proof of Full Vaccination Now Required for Air/Rail/Marine Travel within or from CanadaEffective October 30, air passengers travelling from Canadian airports, travelers on VIA Rail and Rocky Mountaineer trains, and travelers on non-essential passenger vessels on voyages of 24 hours or more will need to be fully vaccinated. For travelers in the process of getting vaccinated, they must show a valid COVID-19 molecular test within 72 hours of travel; this exemption is temporary and will remain in effect until November 29th.

Enhanced COVID-19 Vaccine Certificate with QR Code and Verify Ontario App Available for Download This tool makes it easier for individuals to provide proof of vaccination and for businesses to verify the validity of certificates while protecting people’s privacy. Enhanced certificates are available for download at the COVID-19 Vaccination Portal. You can also obtain your enhanced certificate over email or mail by contacting the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900. Vaccine certificates without QR codes will continue to be accepted, but you are encouraged to obtain an enhanced certificate for your convenience and privacy. Businesses and organizations can download the free Verify Ontario app from the Apple App and Google Play stores. The app will only scan and read official, government issues QR codes, such as Ontario vaccine certificate and those from Quebec, British Columbia and Yukon Territory.

Canadian COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination for Travel The Government of Canada has announced a new proof of vaccination certificate for when travelling internationally and within Canada. For Ontarians, the “enhanced vaccine certificate” will serve as this document. Please still avoid non-essential travel. This certificate does not guarantee entry to another country.

The Provincial Government now requires Ontarians to be fully vaccinated (two doses plus 14 days) to enter specific public settings. This means a COVID-19 vaccine receipt and photo ID must be provided upon entry to the following:  

  • Restaurants and bars (excluding outdoor patios, as well as delivery and takeout);
  • Nightclubs (including outdoor areas of the establishment);
  • Meeting and event spaces, such as banquet halls and conference/convention centres (for wedding or funeral receptions, attendees may alternatively offer a privately purchased negative rapid antigen COVID-19 test from no more than 48 hours prior);
  • Facilities used for sports and fitness activities and personal fitness training, such as gyms, fitness and recreational facilities except for youth recreational sport;
  • Sporting events;
  • Casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments;
  • Concerts, music festivals, theatres and cinemas;
  • Strip clubs, bathhouses and sex clubs;
  • Racing venues (e.g., horse racing).

The new restrictions do not apply to children 11 years of age or younger or those medically exempt and can provide a doctor’s note. You can print your vaccine certificate for free at any public library.

*LAST MILE STRATEGY* With over 82 per cent of eligible Ontarians having received one dose of the vaccine and 80 per cent having received both doses, Ontario is deploying a last mile strategy to further increase vaccination rates –News ReleaseThese latest last mile efforts continue to make vaccines readily and conveniently available, especially in lower-vaccinated areas, and include proactively contacting individuals who have not booked their accelerated second dose appointment.

Third doses are available on a walk in basis or by booking online. More information can be found at www.scarbvaccine.ca

*ELIGIBILTY* All children turning 12 years old before the end of this year are now eligible to receive their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

**UPDATE** City of Toronto moving to hyper-local COVID-19 vaccination campaign – News ReleaseAs of August 23rd, the City has entered the next phase of its COVID-19 vaccination program by adding more mobile vaccination teams that will increase hyper-local vaccination opportunities. 

More than 300 Toronto Public Health staff from the Carmine Stefano Community, Malvern Community, North Toronto Memorial Community and Toronto Congress Centre vaccination clinics will now be pivoting to support pop-up and mobile clinics heading to areas with lower vaccination rates. 

The City-run Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Mitchel Field Arena, The Hangar, Cloverdale Mall and Scarborough Town Centre clinics will now be open for scheduled and walk-in vaccinations on Tuesdays through Saturdays from 1pm to 7pm. Visit the COVID-19: How to Get Vaccinated webpage for more information.

**Reschedule an appointment!** Residents can get vaccinated at a City-run vaccination clinic sooner! Anyone who has an appointment for later this summer or fall can change it to an earlier date and get vaccinated sooner. Appointments at City-run clinics can be cancelled or changed at www.vaccine.covaxonbooking.ca/manage or by calling the provincial booking line at 1-833-943-3900.

Scarborough Health Network Community Vaccine Clinic & Eligibility: Eligible individuals can book now at www.scarbvaccine.ca

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

*Reminder* In addition, GuildCrest Pharmacy, located at 3775 Kingston Rd, is now offering doses of Moderna vaccine (appointment needed, call 416-238-8136).

Toronto East Health Network Mobile & Pop-Up Vaccine Clinic: Open to all individuals 12+ who live/work/attend school in any “M” postal code, with priority access for select populations. Visit the pop-up vaccine page for more details: www.tehn.ca/VaccinePopUps

City of Toronto “VaxTO” campaign expands multilingual features and establishes call centre as it continues to connect residents with vaccine information – News Release. Residents can now connect to vaccination information in the language of their choice through one of 12 translated City microsites. VaxTO is also expanding multilingual social and digital advertising across popular social platforms WeChat, Reddit, Snapchat, Facebook and Instagram. A VaxTO call centre is launching today to begin outreach to individuals residing in areas with lower vaccination rates.

REMINDER–> Public Health Agency of Canada Suggested Guidelines:

Second Dose Vaccine Update – Mixing Vaccinations:

The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are incredibly similar with near-identical efficacy rates. A “mixed mRNA model” – mixing Pfizer and Moderna for the first and second dose – is approved by both the federal and provincial governments. Both vaccines have similar side effects. People are encouraged to get whichever vaccine is easiest or fastest for them to access. Click here for more details on booking your second dose.

REMINDER: Provincial Vaccination Booking Portal –https://covid-19.ontario.ca/book-vaccine/ [To Book by Phone: 1-833-943-3900]

City of Toronto Immunization Clinics & Eligibility: Eligibility criteria and booking for first and second dose appointments can be found online at www.toronto.ca/covid19 or by calling 1-833-943-3900.

  • People age 12 and older are eligible to book first dose and accelerated second dose appointments at City-run immunization clinics

Scarborough Health Network Community Vaccine Clinic & Eligibility: Book now at www.scarbvaccine.ca

Team Toronto vaccination partners now completing in-home second doses of COVID-19 vaccine for homebound residents – News Release. Anyone with questions about homebound vaccination should speak with their primary care or homecare service provider. Homebound individuals not linked with either a primary or homecare provider, can call the Toronto Seniors Helpline by phone at 416-217-2077 or online: torontoseniorshelpline.ca/web-chat.

The City of Toronto and Community Partners support accelerated second doses for eligible residents without OHIP cards – News Release. Residents without OHIP cards who meet current eligibility for accelerated second doses, including individuals 70+ years or age; or received their 1st dose of Pfizer of Moderna on or before May 30; or receive their 1st dose of AstraZeneca more than 8 weeks ago, can request assistance booking their accelerated second dose appointment at a City-run immunization clinic by contacting Access Alliance, Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture and FCJ Refugee Centre.

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 www.torontoseniorshelpline.ca/web-chat

Additional Vaccination Resources:

Province’s Booking Portal: covid-19.ontario.ca/book-vaccine

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.

Toronto Public Health — for help booking an appointment: 416-338-7600

Toronto Public Health now operates a total of five Mass Immunization Clinics: These clinics are operating seven days a week from 11am to 8pm.  To book an appointment visit www.vaccineto.ca. Mass Immunization Clinic locations:

Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front St. W. NB

The Hangar Sport & Event Centre, 75 Carl Hall Rd.

Scarborough Town Centre, 300 Borough Dr.

Mitchell Field Arena, 89 Church Ave.

Cloverdale Mall, 250 The East Mall 

Vaccine Hunters Canada can help residents quickly find available vaccine appointments at City-run clinics. Vaccine appointment availability at all five City-run clinics and will be displayed @VaxHuntersCan. More information is available on the City website.

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: http://ow.ly/DI8m50EN6NC

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)