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COVID-19 Vaccine Hub

Here you can find information about Sunnybrook's COVID-19 vaccine efforts, vaccine eligibility at our clinic, and more.

Eligible residents can now book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment at Sunnybrook

Residents who are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine can now book an appointment for the first dose of the vaccine at Sunnybrook. Our vaccine clinic is by appointment only, no walk-ins. 

Our online booking tool is for first doses only. Please do not use our tool to book a second dose, as you will be turned away.

Eligibility based on age

Those 40 years of age or older (those born in 1981 or earlier) are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine at Sunnybrook.

Eligibility as part of a priority population

The below priority groups have been defined by the Government of Ontario's vaccine rollout plan. If you are a resident who belongs to any of the following groups, you can now book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment at Sunnybrook. Must be age 18+.

  • Indigenous adults
  • Adults who receive home care (for example you receive services from the LHIN or a nursing agency)
  • Faith leaders at higher risk of COVID-19 exposure (e.g. end-of-life care, care of deceased, home visits, care in health care and vulnerable settings)
  • Health-care workers (a person who works in a health-care setting in any capacity)
  • Work or live in a high-risk congregate living setting
  • Pregnant people
  • Essential caregiver to a person with a highest-risk condition
  • People with highest-risk, high-risk conditions or at-risk conditions (NEW as of May 11) as outlined by the Ministry of Health.

    Please read before booking: List of eligible at-risk, highest-risk, high risk conditions »

    Any person who meets the above criteria must be 18 years of age or older to book a vaccine appointment.

    The above list of conditions is taken directly from the Government of Ontario's vaccination rollout plan. 

  • New - May 11: People who cannot work from home - Group 1 and Group 2 (see eligibility details below)

    Please read before booking: View list of workers eligible under Cannot Work From Home Groups 1 & 2 »

    The Ontario Ministry of Health has divided people who cannot work from home into two groups in its vaccination plan.

    All of these essential workers do critical public-facing work or work in close contact with others and cannot work from home. This includes full-time and part-time workers as well as volunteers and students on placements.

    Vaccine appointments are now open to both Group 1 and Group 2. Must be 18 years of age or older.

    Who is in Group 1?

    • Education staff who provide direct support to students with complex special needs are defined as those who support students who meet one or more of the following criteria:
      • who require support with activities of daily living, including health and safety measures
      • are unable to wear masks for medical reasons
      • have complex medical needs
      • cannot be accommodated through remote learning
    • Elementary/ secondary school workers (including educators, custodial, school bus drivers, administrative staff)
    • Workers responding to critical events (including police, fire, special constables, children’s aid society workers, emergency management, critical infrastructure restoration workers).
    • Enforcement, inspection and compliance roles (including by-law enforcement, building inspectors, food inspectors, animal welfare inspectors, border inspection officers, labour inspectors / WSIB field workers)
    • Individuals working in childcare as follows:
      • All licensees, employees and students on an educational placement who interact directly with children in licensed childcare centres and in authorized recreation and skill building programs
      • Licensed home child care and in-home service providers, employees of a home child care agency and students on an educational placement
    • Foster care agency workers (including customary care providers)
    • Food manufacturing and distribution workers (for example, you work in a meatpacking or other food packaging or food distribution factory)
    • Agriculture and farm workers
    • Funeral, crematorium and cemetery workers

    Who is in Group 2?

    • Essential and critical retail workers (including grocery, foodbank and non-clinical pharmacy workers ServiceOntario workers, ServiceCanada and Passport Canada workers, wholesalers and general goods, restaurant workers, LCBO)
    • Workers in manufacturing industries directly involved in supporting the COVID-19 response, construction including infrastructure, and other essential businesses and services where facilities are at heightened risk for COVID-19 outbreaks and spread.
    • Social workers and other social services staff providing in-person client services (including youth justice workers, OW and ODSP case workers)
    • Courts and justice system workers (including probation and parole workers)
    • Transportation, warehousing and distribution workers (including public transit workers, taxi drivers, truck drivers supporting essential services, marine and rail cargo and maintenance, highway maintenance)
    • Electricity (including workers employed in system operations, generation, transmission, distribution and storage).
    • Communications infrastructure workers (including cellular, satellite, landline, internet, public safety radio)
    • Water and wastewater management workers
    • Financial services workers (bank branch staff)
    • Veterinarians and veterinary teams
    • Waste management workers
    • Independent childcare providers who directly provide care to children who are not related
    • Oil and petroleum workers (including those working in petroleum refineries; those involved in the storage, transmission and distribution of crude oil and petroleum products and those needed for the retail sale of fuel).
    • Natural gas and propane gas workers (including those working in the compression, storage, transmission and distribution of natural gas and propane)
    • Mine workers (including those needed to ensure the continued operation of active mines)
    • Uranium processing workers (those working in the refining and conversion of uranium, and fabrication of fuel for nuclear power plants).

Eligibility because you live in a high-risk neighbourhood in Toronto

People age 18 years or older who live in a COVID-19 hotspot neighbourhood in Toronto can book a first dose vaccine appointment at Sunnybrook. You must bring proof of residential address to your appointment.

View eligible postal codes, as determined by the Ministry of Health »

M1B
M1C
M1E
M1G
M1H
M1J
M1K
M1L
M1M
M1P
M1R
M1S
M1T

M1V
M1W
M1X
M2J
M2M
M2R
M3A
M3C
M3H
M3J
M3K
M3L
M3M

M3N
M4A
M4H
M4X
M5A
M5B
M5N
M5V
M6A
M6B
M6E
M6H
M6K

M6L
M6M
M6N
M8V
M9A
M9B
M9C
M9L
M9M
M9N
M9P
M9R
M9V
M9W

These postal codes were selected as COVID-19 hotspots by the Ontario Ministry of Health. Read more.

If you are 18+ and live in a community that is not indicated above, do not use this site to book an appointment.


If you are not sure of your eligibility, please visit The Ministry of Health's website or call the Provincial Information line at 1-888-999-6488 (TTY 1-866-797-0007).

Please only book a vaccine appointment if you meet this eligibility criteria. Our vaccine clinic team will ask you how you are eligible when you arrive for your scheduled appointment. 

Book your COVID-19 vaccine appointment at Sunnybrook »

Please note, our booking site is not compatible with Firefox at this time. Please use a different browser to access our online booking system.


Some things to remember before booking your appointment

  • Make sure you are eligible, based on the criteria above, before you book.
  • If you need help booking your vaccine appointment, please call 1-888-385-1910.
  • Try to book an appointment close to home. Check out vaccineto.ca for a list of clinics and how to book. If you are a resident of North Toronto, you can visit the North Toronto Ontario Health Team's website for a list of clinics in the area.
  • Sunnybrook's vaccine clinic is by appointment only. Please do not come to Sunnybrook for a vaccine unless you have an appointment booked. If you do not have a scheduled appointment, you will not receive a vaccine.

Daily COVID-19 vaccine standby opportunity

We have launched a daily standby list for end-of-day vaccine doses for members of the public who are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at Sunnybrook.

Learn more about the standby list, eligibility and process »

Sunnybrook COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic

View information about Sunnybrook's COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic, including how to get there, what to expect during your vaccine appointment, and more.

Learn more about our clinic at sunnybrook.ca/vaccine-clinic »

Frequently asked questions about vaccine eligibility & appointment booking

Vaccine eligibility

I am age 18+ and work in a high-risk neighbourhood in Toronto. Can I get vaccinated at Sunnybrook?

No. Working in a high-risk Toronto neighbourhood does not make you eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine at Sunnybrook. Only those who live in a high-risk neighbourhood may book a COVID-19 vaccine at Sunnybrook under this eligibility criteria. Proof of residence is required.

- Updated May 5, 2021

I am age 18+ and live in Toronto, but my postal code is not included on your list of hotspots/high-risk neighbourhoods. Can I still book a COVID-19 vaccine at Sunnybrook?

High-risk/hotspot postal codes were determined by the Ministry of Health. At this time, we are only vaccinating people who are 18+ who live in Toronto hotspots identified by the Ministry.

View eligible Toronto postal codes, as determined by the Ministry of Health »

M1B
M1C
M1E
M1G
M1H
M1J
M1K
M1L
M1M
M1P
M1R
M1S
M1T

M1V
M1W
M1X
M2J
M2M
M2R
M3A
M3C
M3H
M3J
M3K
M3L
M3M

M3N
M4A
M4H
M4X
M5A
M5B
M5N
M5V
M6A
M6B
M6E
M6H
M6K

M6L
M6M
M6N
M8V
M9A
M9B
M9C
M9L
M9M
M9N
M9P
M9R
M9V
M9W

These postal codes were selected as COVID-19 hotspots by the Ontario Ministry of Health. Read more.

- Updated May 5, 2021

Can teachers use the Sunnybrook site to book an appointment?

Yes. Educators and others who work in elementary or secondary schools are included in Cannot Work From Home Group 1 and can now book through Sunnybrook’s booking tool for an appointment at Sunnybrook. You can also check the provincial booking system or call the provincial booking line at 1‑833‑943‑3900.

- May 6, 2021

Why are some people who can’t work from home left off of your list?

The list of workers eligible for vaccination has been developed by the Ministry of Health. Read more about the Ministry’s vaccine rollout plan.

- May 6, 2021

What is a high-risk congregate living setting?

Congregate living settings are places where people live or stay overnight and use some shared spaces, like a shared kitchen or washroom. Some examples of these settings are correctional facility, temporary foreign worker accommodation, supportive housing, shelter. People who live or work in these settings and are age 18 or over can book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment.

Condos and apartment buildings are not considered high-risk congregate living settings.

What does an essential caregiver to a person with a highest-risk condition mean?

An essential caregiver provides direct care to another person (e.g. supporting feeding, mobility, personal hygiene, cognitive stimulation, communication, meaningful connection, relational continuity and assistance in decision-making).

Primary essential caregivers in the vaccine eligibility criteria are included for individuals in the highest-risk health conditions group who required regular and sustained assistance with personal care and/or activities of daily living.

In this context, a caregiver must be at least 18 years of age.

Examples of caregivers include family members who provide regular and sustained support, a privately hired caregiver, paid companions and translators.

- Updated April 23, 2021

I have a chronic illness. Can I get the vaccine now?

In its vaccination rollout plan, the Ministry has divided chronic illnesses into three groups: highest risk, high risk and at risk. Sunnybrook is now booking vaccination appointments for people with highest-risk, high-risk conditions or at-risk conditions.

You can see the list of those conditions outlined in the grey box above. If you are not sure of your eligibility, please visit The Ministry of Health's website or call the Provincial Information line at 1-888-999-6488 (TTY 1-866-797-0007).

You can read more about the Ministry of Health’s rollout plan on the Government of Ontario's website.

Please note there may be other ways you are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Please check the box at the top of this page.

I’m a caregiver for my elderly Mom, who lives in her own home in the community. Can I get the vaccine in this phase of rollout plan?

The current phase of the Ministry of Health’s vaccination rollout plan includes caregivers for people with the highest-risk conditions who live in the community. It does not currently include caregivers to seniors or others who live in the community. The highest-risk health conditions are noted in the box at the top of this page.

Please note there may be other ways you are eligible. Please check the box at the top of this page, or visit the Ministry of Health’s vaccine page.

What do you mean by “adult recipient of home care”?

The LHIN and home care nursing or service agencies provide care to some individuals in their home. If you have an agency nurse or other health-care professional visit you in your home to deliver care, then you are eligible in Phase 1 of the Government of Ontario's vaccine rollout plan. You are the “adult recipient of home care.”

Phase 1 of the government’s rollout plan does not include vaccination for family members or other people who provide health care or personal care services to elderly relatives or people with chronic conditions. Therefore Sunnybrook is unable to vaccinate those individuals at this time. Some of these individuals will be eligible for vaccination at some point during Phase 2. As we move into Phase 2, please find more information about the phases of the Ministry of Health’s rollout plan on their website.

What do you mean by a community health care worker?

Any physicians, regulated health professionals and any staff member, contract worker, student/trainee, registered volunteer, or other essential caregiver currently working in a health care organization, including workers that are not providing direct patient care such as cleaning staff, food services staff, information technology staff, security, research staff, and other administrative staff. You must be 18 years of age or older.

You can find more information in the Government of Ontario's Guidance for Prioritizing Healthcare Workers.

I’m a patient at Sunnybrook. When will I get my vaccine?

We are following Government of Ontario's direction for the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine. There are many people now eligible for vaccination. Please check the box at the top of this page to see if you are eligible to book an appointment.

Questions about second doses

I got my first dose at Sunnybrook. When is my second dose?

Most people will get the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine 16 weeks after their first dose, as per the direction of Ontario’s Ministry of Health. Your second dose will be scheduled when you are here for your first dose. You do not need to book an appointment your second dose.

Residents of long-term care, retirement homes and seniors congregate care homes and First Nations persons living in remote communities are exempt and receive second doses in 21-28 days, as per the Ministry of Health.

Update May 10: The Ministry of Health announced on May 10 that high-risk healthcare workers will be eligible to receive a second vaccine dose at a shortened interval. We are aware of this announcement, and our clinic team is working on this change. Updates will be posted here.

Update May 4: This guidance was recently updated to include all Indigenous adults. Indigenous adults booking under this eligibility criteria will be booked for second doses 26 days after the first dose. For anyone who booked an appointment at Sunnybrook as an Indigenous adult before May 5, our clinic team will reschedule your second dose and a notice will sent by text and/or email.

In March, the Ministry of Health announced some changes to the dose timing for a small group of people because research now recommends that some people get the second dose sooner because of their high-risk of severe COVID-19 and because of the way the vaccine works to build immunity.

We now provide the following patients with their second dose within as close to a 21-28 day timeframe as possible:

  • Recipients of solid organ transplants
  • Recipients of hematopoetic stem cell transplants
  • People receiving hemodialysis
  • People with malignant hematological conditions undergoing active treatment*
  • People with non-hematological malignant solid tumours undergoing active treatment*

(* “active treatment” is defined as chemotherapy, targeted therapy, and immunotherapy; not those receiving only radiation or hormonal therapy)

These exemptions are booked automatically by our system based on information you provide when you book your appointment.

NOTE: People with the second dose timing exemption might not receive the date of their second dose immediately at their first dose appointment. If you do not receive a text or email confirmation of your second dose date within 12 days of your first dose, email questions@sunnybrook.ca. Please do not email with queries about dose intervals if you are not from the group outlined above.

Odette Cancer Centre Patients: if you received your first dose at Sunnybrook’s vaccine clinic before April 5 and were booked through the Odette Cancer Program, our team will contact you to discuss how best to book your second dose.

If you received your first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination site other than Sunnybrook, please contact that site directly for information on moving your second dose appointment. Sunnybrook can only provide the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to people who received their first dose here.

For other questions about dose intervals, please contact the Ministry of Health.

- Updated May 10, 2021

Do I use your booking site to book a second dose at Sunnybrook?

No. Do not use the booking tool to book a second dose. The Ministry of Health says that everyone's second dose is in 16 weeks, with a few exceptions for some health conditions, certain high-risk healthcare workers and Indigenous adults. All hospital sites have their own booking system so while it's indeed possible to book yourself an appointment at a different clinic, you will NOT get a second dose when you arrive. Our clinic team is able to see that you have had a first dose already and you will be turned away. This disrupts our clinic flow and blocks someone else who is eligible from booking their first dose. You can read more about the Ministry of Health’s dose interval changes on their website. If you have booked yourself a second dose at a new clinic, please cancel it and go to your scheduled second dose appointment.

Can I change my second dose appointment?

Please try to come to your scheduled second dose appointment. We are working towards a way to change your second dose appointment, but it is currently not possible. If your second dose date is coming soon and you really cannot get here, please call 1-888-385-1910.

I got my first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in North Toronto at the Baycrest Englemount-Lawrence Clinic. Can I get my second dose at Sunnybrook?

No. You must get your second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at the clinic where you received your first dose.

Vaccine appointment booking

How do I book an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine at Sunnybrook?

If you are eligible for the vaccine at this time, please use the booking system at the link above to choose an appointment date and time.

I tried to book an appointment and the system says there are “no appointments available.” Now what?

We’re sorry. We know this is frustrating. Our vaccine clinic team reviews the number of appointments each day and opens up more slots based on our vaccine supply. Our supply of vaccine goes up and down, and so some days there are more appointments than others. If you try to book an appointment and there are no times available, please check back again tomorrow, as more times are opened up each day.

There are lots of vaccine clinics now open and booking appointments in Toronto. Check vaccineto.ca for more information.

I booked an appointment. Where is my confirmation notice?

You will be sent a confirmation email, text message or both an email and text message, depending on the "preferred contact method" you have chosen during the booking process. If you chose neither as your preferred contact method, you will not receive a confirmation text message or email, as noted during the booking process. If you chose "email" or "both" as your preferred contact method, and did not receive a confirmation email, please check your Junk Mail folder. Depending on your email settings and provider, our email confirmation might be marked as Spam. Be sure to note your appointment date and time and unique identifier code at the time of booking.

I can’t access your booking site. Why?

The interest in the COVID-19 vaccine had been overwhelming at times. Sometimes this causes our system to slow down or timeout. We are sorry for this frustration; please keep trying. You can also check vaccineto.ca for other sites that are also booking vaccine appointments.

Our booking site is not compatible with Firefox at this time. Please use a different browser to access our online booking system.

Do I need an OHIP (health card) to book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment at Sunnybrook?

No. You do not need an OHIP card to book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment at Sunnybrook.

If you do not have an OHIP card, please leave that field blank when booking through our online system. When you arrive for your vaccine appointment, please bring an alternate form of ID (passport, birth certificate, etc).

To book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment without an OHIP card at other vaccine sites, please visit the City of Toronto’s website for information.

Can I book my spouse and I at the same time?

If you and your spouse are both eligible, please complete two separate bookings for you and your spouse; it’s very likely you’ll be able to find a day that you can come at or near the same time.

If one of you is eligible  and the other is not, you will only be able to book an appointment for the eligible spouse. This is in line with the provincial government’s rollout plan.

How do I cancel my appointment?

You can cancel your appointment on our booking website. You will need your unique identifier that was assigned to you during the appointment confirmation process. This unique identifier can also be found in your appointment confirmation text or email. If you don’t have that unique identifier and you need to cancel, please let us know.

I have a vaccine appointment at Sunnybrook, what do I need to know?

Information about Sunnybrook's vaccine clinic, and your vaccine appointment, can be found on our Vaccine Clinic webpage. Please do not arrive earlier than 5 minutes before your scheduled appointment time to help ensure physical distancing can be safely maintained within and around the clinic.

Does Sunnybrook offer walk-in vaccine appointments? Can I get a vaccine if I show up at the hospital?

We know you are eager to get your COVID-19 vaccine, but for everyone’s safety, please do not come to Sunnybrook for a vaccine unless you have an appointment booked. If you do not have a scheduled appointment, you will not receive a vaccine. Our vaccine clinic does not accept walk-ins. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Which COVID-19 vaccine will I receive if I’m vaccinated at Sunnybrook?

The Sunnybrook COVID-19 vaccine clinic receives supplies of both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.

You will be told what vaccine is being used on your appointment date upon your arrival. This is based on vaccine supply and it is not a choice.

We are pleased there are four approved vaccines for COVID-19 in Canada and they are all highly effective and safe. Some people have asked if one vaccine is better than the other. Our response is that the best vaccine is the vaccine that is available to you now, regardless of age or underlying conditions. All available COVID-19 vaccines offer significant protections and save lives – so any vaccine is better than no vaccine, especially now as the B.1.1.7 variant is emerging and can be prevented by any of the four COVID-19 vaccines.

Your second dose of vaccine will be the same as your first dose.

Updated April 12, 2021

Questions about vaccine safety, efficacy and more

View our FAQ about COVID-19 vaccine safety, efficacy, and find information for Sunnybrook Odette Cancer Centre and Schulich Heart Centre patients.

View our frequently asked questions »