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COVID-19 vaccine

The COVID-19 vaccine program is being organized by the Government of Ontario. As soon as we have more information on distribution, availability, and how to access the vaccine we will notify patients by newsletter and the website. You can read more about the government’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout plan on the Government of Ontario website.

COVID-19 vaccine updates (click the date to read more details)

March 29, 2021

COVID vaccine update

Eligible Toronto residents can be vaccinated at the City’s mass immunization clinics, hospital immunization clinics or pharmacies. See the City of Toronto website for details.

The following populations are currently eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine:

  • Adults 70 years of age or older in 2021 (born in or before 1951)
  • Adults 60 years of age or older (AstraZeneca vaccine only at pharmacies)
  • First Nations, Métis and Inuit adults
  • First nations Elder care home residents and staff
  • Chronic home health care recipients
  • Long-term care, assisted living, retirement home, and congregate care home residents and staff
  • Personal support workers
  • Community-based health care workers
  • Faith leaders, who provide:
    • End of life care
    • Care of the deceased, funerals, bathing, or other ceremony with direct contact with deceased persons
    • Home visits to unwell persons
    • Pastoral care in hospitals/LTCHs/RHS or other vulnerable settings

Some GTA vaccine clinics are now booking patients 50 years of age and over (born in 1971 or earlier) with high-risk conditions:

  • North York General Hospital and their Family Health Team
  • Humber River Hospital
  • Scarborough Health Network (SHN)
  • SHN Centennary
  • Centennial college

High-risk health conditions include:

  • Highest risk: organ or stem cell transplant recipients; neurological disorders where respiratory function is compromised, hematological malignancies, or an eGFR less than 30
  • High risk: obesity BMI > 40, immunosuppressed, and those with intellectual or developmental disabilities
  • At-risk: immune deficiencies, autoimmune disorders, stroke, cerebrovascular disease, dementia, diabetes, liver disease, all cancers, spleen problems, respiratory disease, heart disease, hypertension mental illness disorder, substance use disorder, thalassemia, pregnancy immunocompromising health conditions, or any other disability requiring community support

March 19, 2021

COVID vaccine update

Starting Monday, March 22, the COVID-19 vaccine rollout will expand to include all patients age 60 and over at pharmacies, and 75 and over at hospital/Ontario Health Team sites.

View a map of COVID-19: Vaccine Clinic locations in Toronto »

Booking options:

March 12, 2021

COVID vaccine update

We are receiving a very high volume of calls regarding the COVID-19 vaccine. Please do not call your doctor’s office for general information about the COVID-19 vaccine or about registration for the vaccine. We do not have access to the registration system. Please see below for more information.

Eligibility for ages 60-64

Participating pharmacies in Ontario are offering the AstraZeneca vaccine to person's aged 60-64.

You may be eligible to book an appointment to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine at a participating pharmacy if you:

  • were born between 1957 and 1961 (60 to 64 years old)
  • live, work or go to school in Kingston, Toronto or Windsor
  • have a valid Ontario health (OHIP) card, or other form of valid government-issued identification

Please visit covid-19.ontario.ca/vaccine-locations to find pharmacies near you. Please use the contact information identified on this site to contact the pharmacies directly to book your appointment.

COVID-19 Vaccine Pre-Registration and Booking Site for Toronto Hospitals and Ontario Health Teams

The Pre-registration and Booking site is live at www.vaccineto.ca. This website provides information about vaccination sites in the city, eligibility and how to book. Through this website you can locate your closest vaccine site based on your postal code. It is recommended that you pre-register for the vaccine site within your neighbourhood.

A chat function and phone number are available on the website to have your questions answered regarding eligibility, vaccine sites, and how to book your appointment.

Eligibility will expand as the vaccine roll-out moves forward. Currently, the vaccination sites are booking appointments for:

  • People who are 80 years of age and older (born in 1941 or before)
  • Health care workers in Highest Priority and Very High Priority risk groups
  • Indigenous Adults (16 years of age or older)
  • Adults receiving chronic home care

In addition, the City of Toronto has a central call centre to help answer questions about eligibility, vaccine sites and helping people pre-register and book appointments if eligible. This is especially helpful for those without email.

City of Toronto COVID-19 Call Centre: 1-888-385-1910

Open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • Despite the Ontario government announcement regarding primary care receiving vaccine, we do not have vaccine in our clinic and do not have any further information if and when we may receive this.
  • If you have specific questions related to your health, risk and benefit of the vaccine, please book an appointment with your primary provider to discuss. Do not email the clinic with these questions as it may require discussion.
  • We will continue to update you via this newsletter and on our website as we receive new information.

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March 2, 2021

Dear Patients,

This is a rapidly evolving process, often with hourly changes. We will share any new information as it becomes available.

***PLEASE READ CAREFULLY – INFO ON PRE-REGISTRATION AT SUNNYBROOK AS WELL AS THE PROVINCIAL REGISTRATION SYSTEM ***

The Ontario Government announced on February 24th that Phase 1 high-risk populations can expect to begin booking their vaccination spots on March 15th.

Eligible Phase 1 High-risk populations include:

  • 80 years of age or older
  • Indigenous adults
  • Adults who receive home care
  • Health-care workers (a person who works in a health-care setting in any capacity)

This will be done in two main ways:

  1. A provincial online booking system; OR
  2. A provincial call centre for those without online access. You will be directed to a vaccine site near where you live, as determined by your postal code. At this time, these vaccines will not be given in family physician offices, including our clinic.

DETAILS, LINKS AND PHONE NUMBERS HAVE NOT YET BEEN RELEASED.

*** The online/phone booking system will not be available until March 15th. Please use this system ONLY if you meet eligibility criteria (or calling on behalf of someone who is). You will be informed (e.g., through our newsletter, SAFHT website, TV, radio, local newspapers, and other channels) when it is your turn to book your vaccination ***

Sunnybrook Vaccine PRE-registration for eligible City of Toronto residents

Sunnybrook is accepting pre-registration for the COVID-19 vaccine for City of Toronto residents who meet the Government of Ontario’s eligibility criteria during the current phase of Ontario’s vaccine rollout.

Eligible City of Toronto residents who may pre-register for a COVID-19 vaccine during this phase include:

  • Any Toronto resident who is 80 years of age or older (those born in 1941 or earlier)
  • Indigenous adults
  • Adults who receive home care
  • Health-care workers (a person who works in a health-care setting in any capacity)

You must be a resident of Toronto to pre-register for a COVID-19 vaccine at Sunnybrook. If you meet the above criteria, pre-register for a COVID-19 vaccine by clicking the link below.

**This is PRE-registration - the system allows eligible groups to “put up their hand” to indicate that they wish to be vaccinated. The system will capture key information and will allow the vaccine clinic team to send out invitations in priority sequence to book their appointments. **

Please note:

Pre-register for a COVID-19 vaccine at the Sunnybrook COVID-19 Vaccine Hub: sunnybrook.ca/vaccine

Frequently Asked Questions

February 23, 2021

The provincial government recently announced that the COVID-19 vaccine would soon be available to those people 80 years and older. They advised patients to contact their family doctor.

Please note, as of now the Sunnybrook Academic Family Health Team does not have any further information. The vaccine will likely be booked at vaccine centres and booked through a central booking online/phone system, but we do not yet have specific information from the government as to when or how this will be rolled out.

As soon as we have any specific information, we will arrange to email all patients 80 and over for whom we have an email address. We will also update our voicemail to provide this information.

Please do not call the office for further information as we do not have vaccine in our clinic nor have any more specific information around when or where it will be available.

Please DO call our clinic if you would like to book an appointment to discuss the vaccine or any questions specific to your situation so that you are well informed when the vaccine is available.

Updates can also be found on the Sunnybrook Academic Family Health Team website.

COVID-19 vaccine information:


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