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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.

We are now located at the Estates of Sunnybrook at 80 Armistice Drive, on the northeast end of our Bayview Campus.

Are you looking for information about third doses? View our FAQ section on third doses below »

Updated - COVID-19 vaccine clinic walk-in hours

We have walk-in hours for first and second doses. 

Monday to Friday: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Our clinic is closed Saturdays and Sundays.

Learn more about our clinic location »

Getting vaccinated at Sunnybrook

All appointments will take place at the Sunnybrook Estates Vaccine Clinic (80 Armistice Drive). The clinic is not TTC accessible. Please check the City of Toronto website for vaccine clinics that are TTC accessible.

Eligibility

Anyone born in 2009 or earlier can book an appointment for a first or second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at Sunnybrook.

Second doses: First dose of mRNA vaccine (either Pfizer or Moderna) must have been more than 28 days ago. First dose of AstraZeneca vaccine must have been more than 8 weeks ago.

Book your COVID-19 vaccine appointment »

Do not use the booking tool for a third dose. For third dose information, see below.

No longer need your vaccine appointment? Please cancel it »


We are administering Pfizer and Moderna. 

To learn more about the vaccine rollout in Ontario, visit the Ministry of Health's website or call the Provincial Information line at 1-888-999-6488 (TTY 1-866-797-0007).


Sunnybrook COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic 

Our COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic is located at 80 Armistice Drive. The clinic is not TTC accessible.

Learn more about our clinic & what to expect during your appointment

Getting vaccinated in Toronto

Get information and resources about COVID-19 vaccination in the City of Toronto


Frequently asked questions about vaccine eligibility & appointment booking

Questions about third doses

I heard that some immunocompromised people in Ontario can get a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Who is eligible?

On Sept. 14, the Chief Medical Officer of Health announced that an expanded group of people will be offered a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Read the full statement from the government here. This is because research has shown that people undergoing certain treatments or with certain medical history are at greatest risk of poor outcomes from COVID-19, and that a third dose of vaccine provides better immunity.

  • Those undergoing active treatment for solid tumors;
  • Those who are in receipt of chimeric antigen receptor (CAR)-T-cell;
  • Those with moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (e.g., DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome);
  • Stage 3 or advanced untreated HIV infection and those with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome; and
  • Those undergoing active treatment with the following categories of immunosuppressive therapies: anti-B cell therapies (monoclonal antibodies targeting CD19, CD20 and CD22), high-dose systemic corticosteroids, alkylating agents, antimetabolites, or tumor-necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors and other biologic agents that are significantly immunosuppressive.
These people are also eligible, based on the government’s announcement on Aug. 17:
  • Transplant Recipients (Including: solid organ transplant and hematopoietic stem cell transplant)
  • Patients with Hematological Cancer(s) and on Active Treatment for Malignant Hematologic Disorders* (Disorders including: Lymphoma, Myeloma, Leukemia & Treatments including: Chemotherapy, Targeted Therapies, Immunotherapy)
  • Recipients of an anti-CD20 Agent (Including: Rituximab, Ocrelizumab, Ofatumumab)
*Active Treatment for Malignant Hematological Conditions includes:

Recipients of stable, active treatment (chemotherapy, targeted therapies, immunotherapy) including:

  • All malignant hematology patients who are on treatment or are within 6 months post-treatment (including all CML patients)
  • All patients who received an allogenic transplant within the last 3 years or who are on chronic post-transplant immune-suppressive therapy
  • All patients who received an autologous transplant within the last two years
  • All patients who have received CART-cell therapy
Also eligible:
  • Patients who were initially vaccinated during or within 12 months after treatment with anti-CD20 agents (e.g., rituximab, ocrelizumab, ofatumumab)

- Sept. 14, 2021

How were those who are eligible for a third COVID-19 vaccine dose chosen?

Research has shown that people undergoing certain treatments or with certain medical history are at greatest risk of poor outcomes from COVID-19, and that a third dose of vaccine provides better immunity.

On September 10, the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) released recommendations that a broader group of immunocompromised people should receive a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. I fall into one of those categories. Does this mean I can get a third dose at Sunnybrook?

The Chief Medical Office of Health announced on Sept. 14 that Ontario will follow NACI’s recommendation and expand eligibility for third doses. For current third dose eligibility in Ontario and other information, please view the questions above, or visit the Government of Ontario’s website. We thank you for your patience as our teams work to determine how best to provide third doses to eligible Sunnybrook patients.

- Sept. 14, 2021

I’m eligible for a third COVID-19 vaccine dose. How do I get my dose?

On Sept. 14, the eligibility for third doses expanded, and our teams are working on how best to provide third doses to eligible Sunnybrook & Odette Cancer Centre patients. We thank you for your patience.

I can't come during your walk-in hours. What do I do?

If you have a completed referral form from your specialist or primary care provider, you can take it to any city-run clinic, hospital-run clinic or pharmacy that administers COVID-19 vaccines. 

If your Sunnybrook specialist booked you an appointment for a third dose that you cannot attend, please speak to your specialist.

-Sept. 1, 2021

Can I use your booking tool to book a third dose?

The Sunnybrook booking system is for first or second doses only. Please do not use the online booking system to book a third-dose appointment.

I’m immunocompromised and received my first 2 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine at Sunnybrook. Are you going to schedule me in for a third?

Our vaccine team will not automatically schedule any third doses at this time. If you are eligible for a third dose booster due to your medical history, condition or treatment (see criteria in the questions above) please speak to your specialist. If you are eligible for a third dose based on the provincial list and you have the third dose referral form completed, you can walk-in to the vaccine clinic during walk in hours.

- Sept. 1, 2021

I'm an Odette Cancer Centre patient who is eligible for a third COVID-19 vaccine dose. How do I get my dose?

Our vaccine clinic team is working with our Odette Cancer Centre team to implement this change for eligible patients under the August 17 provincial announcement (those with blood cancers who are on active treatment at this time and other treatments listed in the questions above). The care team is identifying people who are eligible and our vaccine clinic team is emailing those people and providing instructions about their third dose. A member of the Odette nursing team or vaccine clinic team will be phoning people who do not have an email address included in their patient record.

For people with solid tumours or undergoing CAR-T cell treatment, we thank you for your patience. This is a very large number of people at the Odette Cancer Centre, and we are working to find the best solution for providing all eligible people with a third dose.

Questions about second doses, booking second dose appointments and more

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

You are eligible for your second dose 28 days after your first dose. At Sunnybrook, these appointments are scheduled automatically and a notice is sent by email or text. If you didn’t get that notice or you missed your appointment for another reason and you have not yet received your second dose, you can book a new appointment using the link above or stop by the clinic during walk-in hours. Your first dose of mRNA must have been more than 28 days ago or your first dose of AstraZeneca 8 weeks ago or more.

- July 26, 2021

I got my first dose at a different vaccine clinic. Can I use your booking site to book a second dose at Sunnybrook?

Yes.

Anyone born in 2009 or earlier can book a second-dose vaccine appointment at Sunnybrook if they got their first mRNA dose more than 28 days ago (8 weeks ago for those who got AstraZeneca as a first dose).

Which vaccine brand will I get at your clinic?

Sunnybrook’s COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic is offering Pfizer or Moderna. Eligible youth under the age of 18 will only be offered Pfizer, as it is the only vaccine approved for use in this age group.

Is it safe to mix mRNA vaccines for first and second doses?

The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) guidelines clarify that if you had Moderna or Pfizer for your first dose, you can safely take either Moderna or Pfizer for your second dose. NACI has made this recommendation because these two vaccine brands use mRNA technology, meaning they are interchangeable.

Both Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines are highly effective and safe. Learn more about vaccine mixing at Ontario.ca/mixingvaccines, or read this Q&A with Sunnybrook scientist and microbiologist Dr. Rob Kozak.

Check out this graphic from ScienceUpFirst for a simple explanation about vaccine mixing: 

I booked an appointment but I can’t make it on that day anymore. Can I change it?

Please cancel your appointment and rebook a new one using the booking tool. Or come by during our walk-in hours. Thank you.

I got the AstraZeneca and now I want an mRNA vaccine as my second dose. Can I book at Sunnybrook?

Yes. Your AstraZeneca dose must be at least eight weeks ago. Use the booking link above.

How do I cancel my second dose 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.

Vaccine eligibility

Can youth born in 2009 who are not yet 12 years old get their COVID-19 vaccine at Sunnybrook?

Yes. On August 17, 2021 the Ontario Government announced that any youth born in the year 2009 (turning 12 in 2021) or earlier can get vaccinated with Pfizer. This means that youth born in 2009 can get vaccinated before they turn 12.

Does a guardian or parent need to attend their child or teen's appointment with them?

Youths who are able and willing to attend their appointment alone can do so. Or, they can have one parent or guardian accompany them. Both people will undergo screening at the door and will only be permitted to enter if they are symptom-free.

Youth provide their own consent to be vaccinated if they are capable to do so.

How do youth consent to receive the COVID-19 vaccine?

Youth provide their own consent to be vaccinated if they are capable to do so.

Vaccine appointment booking: General questions

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

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. Our clinic is not open on weekends, so those dates will display "no appointments available" as well.

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. You could also come to the clinic during our walk-in hours (listed above). You can also book at many other vaccine clinics using the provincial booking site.

- July 26, 2021

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.

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.

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 have walk-in hours for first or second doses:

  • Monday to Friday: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Learn more at sunnybrook.ca/vaccine-clinic 

I lost my vaccine receipt or didn’t get the vaccine receipt email. What do I do?

You can download a digital version of your vaccination receipt at covid19.ontariohealth.ca

You can also contact the Provincial Vaccine Information Line at 1-888-999-6488 (TTY 1-866-797-0007) or your local public health unit to retrieve a copy of your vaccination receipt.

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 »